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B762

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B762
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From:  Hurlet (NS520612)
To:  Eastfield (NS633611)
Distance:  8.4 miles (13.5 km)
Meets:  A736, M77, B769, A77, B767, B766, A728, A730, A749, A724
Former Number(s):  A736
Highway Authorities

Glasgow • South Lanarkshire

Traditional Counties

Lanarkshire • Renfrewshire

Route outline (key)
B762 Hurlet - Croftfoot
(A730) Croftfoot - Burnside
B762 Burnside
(A749) Burnside
B762 Burnside - Eastfield
This article is about the present B762 crossing southern Glasgow.
For the original route in the east of the city, see B762 (Braidfauld-Shettleston)
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The B762 is a lengthy route which crosses the southern suburbs of Glasgow, connecting them together and the western portion at least is a good quality dual carriageway.

Route

Hurlet - Pollokshaws

Barrhead Road

The western end of the B762 is some 500 yards north of the A726/A736 junction known as The Hurlet. The B762 junction is a signalised T junction where the A736 TOTSOs to the north, leaving the B762 to follow the wide open dual-carriageway to the east, along Barrhead Road (Barrhead being the next destination to the south-west of the Hurlet). After a short row of roadside houses on the eastbound carriageway, the route snakes gently through trees, and while there are a couple of left turns into Pollok, parkland slopes down to the Levern Water to the right. In 2021, the inside lanes in both directions were converted to bus lanes. The large fiveways Pollok Roundabout gives access to Pollok to the north and Priesthill to the south, but there are plans to replace it with a double signalised junction instead. The B762 continues ahead along the dualled Barrhead Road, passing to the north of the massive Silverburn shopping centre, which opened in 2009 and necessitated the widening of the B762 and the rebuilding of M77 Junction 2, to its east. This motorway junction used to have somewhat low-standard slip roads, despite being only 20 years old.

The route through the junction widens out to three or four lanes for the first signalised junction. This gives access to three of the four sliproads, and the shopping centre. The bridge over the motorway is then D3+2, with three lanes westbound for the signals, and the second signalised junction on the far side is purely for the M77 southbound offslip. There is a new housing estate being developed on the right, and then a seemingly rural mile-and-a-half of tree-lined central reservations and scarcely a side road in sight. This is where the route cuts through Pollok Country Park, once the largest public park in an urban area in the whole of Europe, with Cowglen Golf Course to the south. At the far end of the park, the route passes under the railway to reach the roundabout at Round Toll where it crosses the B769 on the western edge of Pollokshaws. Continuing south east on Nether Auldhouse Road, the route is soon reduced to S4 and, after a couple of signalised junctions, the second for another retail park, roadside parking for the terraced housing to either side reduces this to effectively S2.

Pollokshaws - Croftfoot

The A77 crossroads in Newlands is signalised and beyond the B762 follows Merrylee Road, which is lined with substantial stone villas hidden behind trees and hedges. After a slight kink to the left, the route is again lined as S4, although the lines are faded and roadside parking again interrupts the inside lane. Numerous turnings lead deeper into the suburbia to north and south, and here and there post war housing reaches the roadside. One crossroads is signalised, perhaps due to poorer than average visibility as much as traffic volumes. Then, after passing under a railway, Merrylee Road comes to an abrupt end on Clarkston Road. Here the B767 heads off to the south, but the B762 TOTSOs north into Cathcart, marking the end of the easy part of the route and the beginning of a weave through the unsigned urban chaos to the east. Clarkston Road is a key southern radial for Glasgow, and the junction lies amongst shops and businesses, with a few houses and flats surviving.

A short distance to the north, the B762 splits in a large, partially one-way, gyratory around Cathcart Station. The mainline continues ahead, under the railway and across the White Cart Water to a signalised crossroads. Here the B762 TOTSOs right onto Old Castle Road, which is one way eastbound, while the route ahead is the former A727, but now unclassified. Old Castle Road curves along the riverbank, passing under two railways in quick succession to reach a modified mini roundabout. Here the mainline turns east onto Manse Brae, but westbound traffic uses Delvin Road which re-crosses the river and runs alongside the railway back to Cathcart Road. The route is becoming much, much harder to follow on the ground now; although signage does seem to have been replaced and/or improved in recent years, improving matters somewhat. Manse Brae quickly leads to another mini roundabout, which was the corner of another triangular gyratory. However, this one was two-way throughout, making the northern part somewhat redundant as part of the B762. It was duly closed up where it meets Carmunnock Road in 2015.

King's Park Avenue, Bankhead

From the mini roundabout, the B762 therefore kinks right onto Menock Road, which crosses Carmunnock Road at a signalised crossroads, before curving through a large bungalow development. At the next crossroads, also signalised, the B766 is met, and the two routes multiplex north along Aitkenhead Road, passing under the railway. They split again almost as soon as they can, with the B766 turning left and the B762 right onto Kings Park Avenue, while the A728 terminates here from the north. Kings Park Avenue is lined with houses, rather than the bungalows of Menock Road, but otherwise they run parallel, either side of the railway as they climb to the east. A crossroads is signalised, but the right turns are all simple giveways, and while the road is wide, parked cars mean it is never rally any more than one lane in either direction. The road ends on the A730, Mill Street, at a signalised T junction with the trees of Rutherglen Cemetery opposite. This is not the end of the route, however, although there is no signage to tell traffic which was to turn.

Croftfoot - Eastfield

The B762 has to multiplex south with the A730 along Mill Street, and then after passing back under the railway, it resumes by turning east along Blairbeth Road, which was the A730 until the completion of the Cathkin Bypass in c2017. This leads to a signalised crossroads with Burnside Road, where the route TOTSOs left, and soon meets the A749. The two routes share a brief multiplex under the railway, before the B762 once more resumes by turning right onto Duke's Road. Although the street name doesn't change, the route then has to TOTSO left at a fork to avoid Brownside Road. The route now curves gently from east to north, passing through one signalised junction and a mini roundabout to end on the A724 in Eastfield, roughly equidistant from Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

History

The current B762 is a relatively recent creation, dating from a review of the classified routes in south Glasgow in the later 1970s or 1980s. It was created as a major distributor route across the south of the city, taking over various sections of downgraded or renumbered A and B routes, as well as some formerly unclassified sections. Despite this, it has never been particularly well signed as a through route, and a journey along it from one end to the other is more likely to be completed with the aid of a map and some luck than by relying on the signs. Even Satnav is liable to direct you towards the city centre on the motorways.

Starting at the western end, the first section of the B762 from its start to Round Toll was originally the A736. This appears to have been dualled in the early post war years, and is shown as such on large scale OS sheets from 1952/3. Apart from a tiny scrap of the B769 at the junction, Nether Auldhouse Road and Merrylee Road were both unclassified, although the B768 originally ran further south than it does now, approximately halfway between its current route and the B762, therefore serving this part of Glasgow. As noted above, Clarkston Road, and therefore the western side of the Cathcart gyratory, was the A727. Continuing east, the route through to the current line of the A730, Mill Street was also unclassified, and as the B766 previously used Carmunnock Road, not even that short multiplex under the railway carried a number.

The A730 appears to have been re-routed at a similar time to the creation of the B762, therefore the multiplex along Mill Street has always existed. The two routes used to also share Blairbeth Road until 2017, meaning that the B762 had a lengthy multiplex, followed by a very short section along Burnside Road before again multiplexing with the A749. The remainder of the route through to the A724 was previously the B716, a route which became defunct with the creation of the B762. Quite why the route wasn't numbered as a lengthy extension of the B716 is unknown, but perhaps the B762 number fitted better with the other B76x numbers in the area.




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