|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Cardwell Road, Gourock (NS247772)|
|To:||Gourock Bay (NS243774)|
|Distance:||0.3 miles (0.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The A771 Tarbet Street, Gourock, is a very short road. At barely a ¼ mile, it isn't Britain's shortest A-road but it is certainly one of the shortest.
You leave the A770 Cardwell Road just before the tight right-hander. Although the road number isn't on the signs the road is signposted by the standard ferry sign, albeit with the car and lorry symbols now badly patched out as the ferries here are now only for passengers. We drop down to Gourock Bay and swing round to the left to follow the shore to the car parks for the Gourock to Dunoon Ferry. The A771 ends at the boundary of the public road.
The road itself is relatively new. OK, so Tarbet Street is old, but the road along the shore seems to postdate 1960. It appears to have been built on re-claimed land as part of a pier improvement scheme. The 1960s 1:25,000 OS sheet (left) shows a road running around Gourock Station to the north along the old pier; this has now been demolished and the remains of the road are now used as a footpath to the ferry terminal. When the road was first opened it was numbered as the A825. However, when the A78 was rerouted to go though the Spango Valley, the end of the A8 moved to Greenock and this short road was renumbered as the A771 as the zone boundary moved to the Clyde.
The A771 is a very short road. In other zones, it would get an Axxxx number as all Axxx numbers are used up. Its not the case in Zone 7: this road just shows how sparse Zone 7 really is.