Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.png


From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Location Map ( geo)
Cameraicon.png View gallery (2)
From:  Coatbridge (NS726648)
To:  Coatdyke (NS746648)
Distance:  2 miles (3.2 km)
Meets:  A89, A725, A89
Highway Authorities

North Lanarkshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B753 Coatbridge - Dundyvan
(A725) Dundyvan
B753 Dundyvan - Coatdyke

The B753 forms a suburban loop to the south of Coatbridge town centre.


Calder Street

The route starts at a roundabout on the A89 (former A8), Bank Street, to the west of the town centre and heads south along Dundyvan Road. After passing between a church and school, the route becomes more residential with older blocks of flats rising to four or five stories on either side. It then passes under two railway lines in quick succession, with a mini roundabout for a modern housing estate and the bridge over the Luggie Burn between them. Immediately after the second bridge, the route turns left at a small roundabout, still following Dundyvan Road, with more modern flats on the left and businesses opposite. After another mini roundabout, the route becomes wider for a time, with parking bays and a hatched centre lane. It is also more typically suburban, with a mixture of housing and a few commercial premises. An industrial area then lies to the north, as the route makes a second kink shortly before meeting the [[A725 at a roundabout opposite Whifflet station.

There is then a short multiplex south along the dualled A725 before the B753 turns left at traffic lights onto Calder Street to regain its number. A row of older tenements over shops stands on the right, followed by a stately church, but otherwise the road is lined with modern housing unitl it goes over the railway line just south of Whifflet station. The next section is tree lined as it passes between an industrial estate and modern housing estate, both of which are accessed from the next roundabout. The B753 continues to run north east along Calder Street, passing through the suburb of Greenend, and soon has houses on both sides for the first time. After turning left at the next roundabout, the route goes under an old railway bridge (now carrying a footpath) and continues north along Locks Street, pasing between a small retail park and another industrial area. It also crosses the line of the old Monkton Canal, which now forms a linear park. It soon comes to an end, however, at a roundabout back on the A89 at the eastern end of Coatbridge's Main Street.

The B753 is now entirely north of the A8 and so is technically out-of-zone. However, when first classified in 1922, the A8 ran along the present A89 route here, perhaps suggesting that the zone boundary has never changed.

Known History

When first classified in 1922, only the western loop of the current route was the B753, although the eastern loop had been added to the route by 1927 when the revised MOT map was issued. Despite a huge amount of redevelopment taking place along the route in the last century, the actual alignment of the physical road is virtually unchanged. Roundabouts have been introduced to help turning traffic at junctions, but even then the only one that appears to have been built even slightly offline is the Caldeen Road roundabout on Calder Street, where wide pavements on the south side of the B753 show the original line of the road.

Uncertain History

On both the 1932 and 1936 OS Ten mile Maps, the route of the B753 is shown in Red in the Glasgow inset, suggesting it is an A road. No further mapping evidence to support or counter this has yet been found, however, it is worth considering the following. The A8 Glasgow to Edinburgh Road started construction in 1924, but was not fully open to traffic until the mid 1930s. It is therefore possible that in order to relieve traffic in Coatbridge town centre, the B753 route was temporarily upgraded to be an A road. Any number for this route is purely speculation at present, but in nearby Airdrie the A8010 was introduced at this time, and no known use of the A8007/8/9 numbers have yet been found.

In addition to the above, a number of OS large scale maps from the late 1930s-1960s number the eastern part of the B753 as the B758. However, as far as can be ascertained this is an error shown only at certain scales, with other scales correctly identifying the route as the B753 in the same time period.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Bye-Pass S. of Coatbridge

Related Pictures
View gallery (2)
A89-b753.jpgCalder Street, Coatbridge (C) Stephen Sweeney - Geograph - 2905068.jpg
Other nearby roads
B700 – B799
B700 • B701 • B702 • B703 • B704 • B705 • B706 • B707 • B708 • B709 • B710 • B711 • B712 • B713 • B714 • B715 • B716 • B717 • B718 • B719
B720 • B721 • B722 • B723 • B724 • B725 • B726 • B727 • B728 • B729 • B730 • B731 • B732 • B733 • B734 • B735 • B736 • B737 • B738 • B739
B740 • B741 • B742 • B743 • B744 • B745 • B746 • B747 • B748 • B749 • B750 • B751 • B752 • B753 • B754 • B755 • B756 • B757 • B758 • B759
B760 • B761 • B762 • B763 • B764 • B765 • B766 • B767 • B768 • B769 • B770 • B771 • B772 • B773 • B774 • B775 • B776 • B777 • B778 • B779
B780 • B781 • B782 • B783 • B784 • B785 • B786 • B787 • B788 • B789 • B790 • B791 • B792 • B793 • B794 • B795 • B796 • B797 • B798 • B799
Earlier versions: B705 • B706 • B707 • B708 • B713(E) • B713(W) • B714 • B715 • B716 • B724 • B727 • B730 • B734
B735 • B736 • B739 (S) • B739 (N) • B743 • B744 • B746 • B752 • B761 • B762 • B763 • B765 • B773 • B783 • B785 • B789 • B791 • B795
Anomalous numbers: B77

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help