|Location Map ( geo)
|Carmyle, Glasgow (NS647624)
|1.4 miles (2.3 km)
|A74, M74, A724
|Route outline (key)
The A763 is a short link road in the eastern suburbs of Glasgow.
The route commences as a dual carriageway at its northern end in the City of Glasgow as Carmyle Avenue at a traffic-light-controlled junction with the A74 and B765. Heading south it passes under junction 3 of the M74, with east-facing slips connecting the two routes. The carriageways then split as it passes over a suburban railway line on two separate bridges close to Carmyle Station in the Carmyle district, with the southbound carriageway being reduced to a single lane. The two carriageways rejoin at a spacious T junction for Carmyle, beyond which the route drops to S2. It continues south west as Clydeford Road, skirting the edge of the Cambuslang Investment Park, which has a simple T junction and then a roundabout providing access. Soon after the roundabout, the route crosses the River Clyde on the Clydeford Road Bridge into Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire. Another roundabout is soon met on the south side of the bridge, where the A763 turns right onto Bridge Street, before coming to an end at a traffic light controlled junction with the A724 opposite Cambuslang Station.
The modern route of the A763 is a relatively recent creation, not least because the bridge over the Clyde is modern. It replaces Cambuslang Bridge a little to the west, which is on the historic route. In 1922 it was the B760 that crossed the bridge, but later maps show an un-numbered A-road following the route along Fullarton Road and Cambuslang Road from the A74 to Bridge Street. This is presumably the A763, which would have been created in the late 1920s. the 1938 OS Six Inch map confirms the route, which at the time started on the A721 Tollcross Street, and headed south along Causewayside Street. After crossing the A74, it continued on Fullarton Road and Cambuslang Road to cross the river an so reach Bridge Street, the only part of the original route still numbered as the A763.
This route crossed through an industrial area with an iron works, railway sidings and so on marked on the map. Perhaps because of this, maps from the 1950s show a slightly different route, closer to the current alignment of Fullarton Road, and so creating a short multiplex along the A74. The OS One Inch sheet from 1947 doesn't show this new alignment, but this may have been a failure to update after the war rather than proof that the road was built later. Any evidence of the older alignment has long gone under later development, not least the construction of the motorway.