|Location Map ( geo)|
|Speed limit Countdown signs on the approach to Port Glasgow from Kilmacolm|
|From:||Port Glasgow (NS326743)|
|Distance:||19.1 miles (30.7 km)|
|Meets:||A8, A737, A726, A736, A739, A8|
|Former Number(s):||B791, B788, B789, A737|
|Route outline (key)|
The A761 is approximately 19 miles long, forming an important route through the affluent villages of Renfrewshire, across Paisley and the south western suburbs of Glasgow. The section between Paisley and the A8 at Ibrox is a wide dual carriageway lined with houses, and Glasgow Corporation Transport trams formerly operated in the central reserve.
Section 1: Port Glasgow - Paisley
The road commences at its western end at Newark Roundabout junction with the A8 adjacent to Newark Castle to the east of Port Glasgow town centre. From here it heads south east passing an old alignment of the A8 (Glasgow Road, giving access to the Woodhall district) and heads up the steep Clune Brae from Blackstone Roundabout (the former A761 terminus), becoming Kilmacolm Road as it reaches the upper parts of Port Glasgow at Boglestone Roundabout (giving access to the Broadfield, Devol, and Mid Auchinleck districts). It continues south east passing the Bardrainney, Park Farm and Slaemuir districts, before entering open moorland and becoming Port Glasgow Road.
Continuing south east the road runs parallel with the former Greenock and Ayrshire Railway, closed in 1966, and then the former Bridge of Weir Railway, closed in 1983. It enters the village of Kilmacolm as Port Glasgow Road, becoming Bridge of Weir Road as it meets the B786 at Kilmacolm Cross. Leaving Kilmacolm behind it passes the B788 and an unclassified road to Quarriers Village, becoming Kilmacolm Road as it enters the village of Bridge of Weir.
In Bridge of Weir it passes the B790, crosses the River Gryffe, becomes Main Street and then Bridge of Weir Road as it passes the Ranfurly conservation district of the village. Continuing south east it passes through the village of Brookfield and crosses the B789 at a roundabout. Heading east now, it skirts the edge of Linwood, parallel to the A737, crosses the Black Cart Water, and passes under the A737 (former A740 Linclive Spur) at a grade-separated junction, before turning south east as Linwood Road through the Phoenix Retail Park (built on the site of the former Rootes car plant, closed in 1981).
Entering Paisley now it meets the B789 (former A737) at a roundabout;, at one time this was the terminus of the road, but with the diversion of the A737 it has been extended for several miles over that road's former route. The A761, however, bypasses much of Paisley town centre, the former A737 went via the High Street and Paisley Cross, this section now being unclassified as part of the pedestrianisation of Paisley High Street.
Section 2: Paisley - Glasgow
Turning east the A761 becomes Ferguslie, and then George Street, meeting the B775 and B7050, then becoming Canal Street as it bypasses Paisley town centre. It meets the B774 and becomes Gordon Street, then turns north east as Mill Street, multiplexing with the A726 at this point (the A726 formerly ran via Bridge Street and Cotton Street). Turning east again as Glasgow Road, and gaining primary status at this point it rejoins the route of the former A737, passing the Arkleston and Seedhill districts, then Barshaw Park, and the Oldhall and Ralston districts to leave Paisley behind as it enters the City of Glasgow.
Continuing east this time as Paisley Road West, it passes through the Crookston district, where it crosses the A736 (former A754), then through Cardonald, where it meets the A739 and loses its primary status once again. It then passes through Halfway and Bellahouston, meeting an unclassified road to M8 J24 at a roundabout adjacent to the high security Helen Street Police Station, and continues east, crossing over the M8, before meeting the B768 close to M8 J23. Here the road enters the Ibrox district and comes to an end at a junction with the A8.
The A761 did not exist in the 1922 Road Lists but came into existence in the late 1920s when it took over a number of B-roads in Renfrewshire. Starting on the A8 it followed the B791 as far as Kilmacolm, then the B788 to Linwood and finally the B789 to Millarston (between Johnstone and Paisley), where it ended on the original line of the A737.
When the A737 was rerouted to Glasgow Airport in 1992, the A761 was given the vacated section. Thus it was extended via Paisley and into Ibrox, giving the road its current long-way-round route connecting the A8 with itself.