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From:  Orbiston (NS723593)
To:  Shawhead (NS732622)
Via:  Bellshill town centre
Distance:  2.1 miles (3.4 km)
Meets:  A725, A721, A775, A725
Former Number(s):  A725
Highway Authorities

North Lanarkshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B7070 Link in Bellshill

The B7070 follows what was the pre-bypass route of the A725 through the centre of Bellshill.

Hamilton Road, Bellshill: looking southwest

The route starts at Orbiston Interchange, a modified trumpet GSJ at the southern end of the A725 Belshill bypass; there's an additional roundabout on the southbound onslip to serve a housing estate. The three other slip roads come in at a larger roundabout after which the B7070 heads northeast along Hamilton Road. This wide, tree-lined avenue has service roads on both sides for the houses, although unusually these have no direct connection to the main road. After crossing a roundabout, the service road on the right doesn't resume, with offices, businesses and then low rise flats sitting back in parkland. A few shops sit on the left too, between flats, but they retain the service road. At length the parkland and housing comes to an end, and Hamilton Road curves between shops to traffic lights where an unclassified road heads off right to reach the A721. This is actually part of the one-way system through the town and therefore carries all southbound A721 traffic.

After passing under the railway line near the station, the route enters the town centre and continues north along the shop lined Hamilton Road, through another signalised junction and on to meet Main Street. Here the A721 comes in from the right, as a one-way street, and TOTSOs right onto North Road, with the B7070 therefore becoming the junior partner in a multiplex. This doesn't last long, passing a handful of businesses and a supermarket, and soon reaches a roundabout, where the A721 bears left and the A775 begins to the right. The B7070 regains its number by continuing ahead on North Road. At first there are just a few scattered buildings, mostly businesses, set amongst the trees and grass either side of the road. Soon, however, properties are fronting directly onto the road, although after a kink to the right, a service road runs to the right and the houses on the left back onto the main road.

After a roundabout, thick hedges screen the houses that are set back, and only one or two driveways lead onto the main road. Presently it enters an area of woodland, leaving the town behind. It ramps up to cross a sliproad and then the M8 itself, curving round a long S bend to end shortly afterwards back on the A725 amidst the Shawhead Junction complex. The junction was completely rebuilt as part of the M8 completion works in 2016/17, and is now a signalised crossroads on the dualled A725 between the A8 and M8.


The A725 Bellshill Bypass was opened in 1969, and the old route through the town was renumbered as the B7070 at that point. The only notable changes to the route since then are at the northern end. Originally the B7070 was the straight route through the grade separated fork junction, with the A725 having to turn off southbound (and dive under the B7070), while there was a signalised merge for northbound traffic. This was all changed in 2017 with the M8 works as noted above.

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Hamilton Road, Bellshill (B7070) - Geograph - 1617619.jpgM8 A8 Shawhead Junction - aerial from west.jpgM8 A8 Shawhead Junction - aerial from SW.jpgM8 A8 Shawhead Junction - aerial of north from SW.jpg
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