|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Meets:||A736, M77, B769, A77, B767, B766, A728, A730, A749, A724|
|Route outline (key)|
The B762 lives in Glasgow, along with the entire B76x series (although this is a reused number and so relatively new - except for the western end of the road which follows the original line of the A736 the current B762 was originally unclassified).
It's a cross-city route, from the very south-west corner at the Hurlet near Nitshill to the south-eastern one on the outskirts of Cambuslang. It's the urban road that ticks all the boxes: dual carriageways, motorway junctions, one way splits, multiplexes, very tricky to follow on the ground; but also the grandiose curiosity of having a mile-long stretch of 40mph uninterrupted rural pleasure in the middle of an urban area.
Hurlet - Pollokshaws
The western terminus is some 500 yards north of the A726/A736 junction known as the Hurlet. The latter turns off to the north, and the wide open dual-carriageway becomes B762 instead. As Barrhead Road (Barrhead being the next destination to the south-west of the Hurlet) it skirts the northern periphery of Priesthill with just a golf course for company until it hits the massive Pollok Roundabout. Pollok is one of Glasgow's many sixties contraptions, and its New Town-esque design is nowhere more vivid than here. Five dual carriageways meet at this oval of tarmac – none of which, save the B762 which forms two of them, is approaching any form of fulfilment. These would have been Glasgow's expressways, if the rest of the network had come together. The Pollok Centre itself has been totally rebuilt since its incarnation – it has been left completely in the shadow of the mammoth Silverburn shopping centre. It 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. Come to think of it, the fact it junctions with this B-road at all gives some idea of Barrhead Road's importance. To this point, today's B762 is a thoroughly modern thing.
This is just as well though, as on the other side of the motorway the exact opposite becomes true as it becomes the most curious of things: a seemingly rural mile-and-a-half of 40 limits, tree-lined central reservations and scarcely a side road in sight. Reason? It cuts through Pollok Country Park, once the largest public park in an urban area in the whole of Europe. It's not until Pollokshaws and the roundabout with the B769 does civilisation work its way back into the equation. There's time enough on the straight roads to contemplate a little history: if this road looks good enough to be an A-road, that's because it was. The A736 used to follow this path all the way from the Hurlet to here, and never turned off Barrhead Road back at the start. The B762 indeed existed completely elsewhere in the city, and only lost its number in the post-war period of gentrification.
Pollokshaws - Croftfoot
Goodbye dual carriageway, it's now urban staple single to the east. There's the Auldhouse shopping park – definitely a theme emerging with these – before we reach the traffic lights for the A77 crossroads in Newlands. Merrylee Road, as we are now, remains a busy route in its own right all the way into Muirend and an abrupt end on Clarkston Road. The B767 is born to the south, but a left turn takes the B762 north into Cathcart, marking the end of the straight part of the journey and the beginning of a weave through the urban quagmire. Clarkston Road is a key southern peripheral for Glasgow, but the B762 is only going to borrow a part of it before making eastwards again. Cathcart railway station sits elevated over a one-way triangular gyratory, and there's a second iteration one junction later. The route is becoming much, much harder to follow on the ground now: eastbound, there have been four changes of direction in just over 200 yards.
Menock Road offers promise, straight and true, but it's only a way to the next complication: the B762 needs to bridge the Cathcart Circle suburban railway line, and has to borrow a bit of B766 to do it. Left, then right again once across the bridge; this is also the terminus of the A728, giving both this road and the B766 the unusual (and perhaps dubious) honour of being B-roads that terminate an A-road. Left to its own devices once more, the B762 is now one block of houses back from King's Park in the very leafy, very affluent southern suburbs. King's Park Avenue continues to follow the line of the railway, and as such is another ruler-straight creation despite being of more advanced age than dead-straight roads seen elsewhere.
Croftfoot - Eastfield
King's Park Avenue ends on Mill Street, and for all but the keenest road-sign spotter this is the end of the road. What actually happens to the B762 is distressingly difficult to follow. With the recent completion of the Cathkin Relief Road, the A730 has been rerouted, so after a short multiplex south under the railway, the B762 re-appears, turning left at signals onto Blairbeth Road. This leads east to a signalised crossroads with Burnside Road, where the route turns left, back onto its old line. But the B762 exists only long enough to run past the front gate of Cathkin Primary School before it needs to scrounge some more A-road, this time the A749, for the purposes of bridging the railway again. Only after another right turn – I've lost count of how many turns now – does the B762 regain its old identity. As Duke's Road, and at last a piece of tarmac to itself, there is one last turning off at Brownside Road and a curve gently from east to north to end on the A724 in Eastfield, roughly equidistant from Rutherglen and Cambuslang.