|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||A8, A89, A74, A749, A728, A730, M74, A77, B768|
|Route outline (key)|
The B763, an entirely Glaswegian B-road, could be described as one quarter of an otherwise non-existant inner ring road. It gently turns from Alexandra Park in the well-tenemented eastern district of Dennistoun, to Shawlands on the south side. The most common site on the journey is that of the suburban railway station; there are four of them directly on the route and that many again just a short walk from it.
Dennistoun – Oatlands
From the east, mapping shows the beginning of the B763 on the A8 Cumbernauld Road outside Alexandra Park. However, just to the northwest lies junction 14 of the M8 which is itself signposted to exit to the B763, making Viewpark Avenue part of the route and also and adding half a mile to this route towards Blochairn - if you subscribe to that point of view. Cumbernauld Road is definitely the B763 one way or another, and it sits perched above the adjacent railway line (the Springburn spur of the North Clyde line for the so-initiated) as far as Duke Street, another wide road out to the east of the city. Crossing and becoming Millerston Street, it bounds the western periphery of the Forge shopping centre in Parkhead. Gallowgate (A89) and London Road (A74) are also both major routes in and out of the city and the B763 shares crossroads with both.
This Parkhead to Dalmarnock section closely shadows the originally classified B763 - it was the next main road to the east, Springfield Road, and ran in roughly the same direction although to the east of the Forge and Celtic Park, unlike the modern routing which is to the west of these features.
Having gone via Bridgeton and Dalmarnock without incident, it's in the vicinity of Dalmarnock station that the B763 route takes on a secondary urban characterisitic; it becomes very hard to find subsumed under the A roads and turn-off-to-stay-ons. When Bridgeton Cross on London Road was closed to all but through traffic many years back, the A749 had to be rerouted and doing so overtook the Dunn Street section of B763. Although it's now got its number back it's not long before traffic lights are reached and we start multiplexing along the A728 over the stone-clad and gently arched Rutherglen Bridge, once the A731. With the Clyde crossing firmly out of the way, there's another green area (Richmond Park) to our right before we enter the much-changed area around Rutherglen Road. The road here acts as the border between Glasgow City Council area and South Lanarkshire here, right outside the old Shawfield greyhound stadium.
Oatlands – Shawlands
There have been two major changes to the road network in this area over the past ten years. Firstly, Rutherglen Road has been partly pedestrianised and the A730 sawn off at the end, then rebuilt on a more modern yet circuitous route through the formerly tenemented suburb of Oatlands. The B763 uses a little bit of this curved section (as a multiplex along the A730) to get to Polmadie Road and the second local major change, the 2011 M74 extention. What was once the Dixon Blazes industrial estate is now a motorway interchange, junction 1A to be precise. Also time here to resurrect the railway theme as having passed under the motorway, the B763 now passes over a massive Scotrail servicing depot.
Cue Govanhill - and a problem. No sign will tell the B763 what to do here; trust the maps and turn right into Calder Street. Quite quickly it becomes apparent that Calder Street is one way only. Where other classified routes do this (c.f. the A8 in the city centre), the complementary carriageway is normally carried on an adjacent street. No such arrangement seems to exist for the B763, so it appears this route can only be completed from east to west. This remains true for a good mile and a half, roughly a third of the length of the whole road - as far as the A77 crossroads and the roundabout at Pollokshiels West station on Nithsdale Drive. The railway line is once more bridged before a left turn and the last section as (the now thankfully two-way) Darnley Road to end on the B768 Minard Road outside Crossmyloof station, the Hutchenson grammar school and the large cricket club at Titwood.