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B764

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B764
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From:  Peel Park, East Kilbride (NS616545)
To:  Eaglesham (NS567516)
Distance:  3.7 miles (6 km)
Meets:  A726, B767
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

East Renfrewshire • South Lanarkshire

Traditional Counties

Lanarkshire • Renfrewshire

Route outline (key)
B764 Peel Park – Eaglesham
B764 Eaglesham – Kingswell

Until the opening of the Glasgow Southern Orbital route in 2005, the B764 was one of the few important rural "B" roads in the Glasgow area, connecting Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and the South (the latter via the M74). Since then, however, the route has become a quiet backwater, and the southern part of the route has been declassified.

Route

Jackton village, on the B764 near East Kilbride

The B764 starts to the west of East Kilbride town centre at a roundabout junction with the A726 dual carriageway, that route that has now taken over much of the B764's former role. It heads southwest on Eaglesham Rod, passing a group of car dealerships accessed from another roundabout, and then coming alongside the railway, with two roundabouts serving Hairmyres Station. No less than six more roundabouts follow in the next couple of miles, as the route winds through a typical New Town townscape of wide verges and green trees hiding much of the actual town itself. There are a mixture of housing and industrial estates and also a Police College. A brief suggestion of fields is soon replaced by the final roundabout, which gives access to a vast new development to the south east, and has consumed the hamlet of Jackton. After finally passing the last houses, the route follows a long straight downhill, with a slight wiggle at the bottom where it crosses the White Cart Water on Kirkland Bridge, and then back up into Eaglesham.

The conservation village of Eaglesham is a truly magical place, with long rows of brightly painted old stone houses tumbling down the hill on either side of a wide green. The B764 enters on Cheapside Street and, after passing the village shop, it meets the B767 at a light-controlled crossroads, which contains some lovely fingerposts. This is actually the end of the B767, but the B764 continues ahead, climbing up Montgomery Street, one of the hills with beautiful houses on one side (the left) and a beautiful green on the other. The other street is Polnoon Street on the further side of the green, although there are other fine old buildings to seek out for those who are interested It was partly Eaglesham's rightful status as a conservation village which lead to the construction of the GSO. Before then, Eaglesham was not a bottleneck but could get very busy with through traffic. Nowadays the village has regained a serene tranquility. A junction with Polnoon Street is met at the far end of the tapering green, and the route ends here with the road ahead now unclassified.

History

Eaglesham Moor Road – formerly part of the B764

The northern part of the route has changed somewhat with the growth of the New Town of East Kilbride. The route originally started further north east at a fork on the old line of the A726, now the B761. It's old line can then loosely be traced as Springbank Park and the entrance to the Flakefield industrial units, before disappearing under the modern dual carriageway. It crossed the railway a little to the west of the current bridge, and skewed the opposite way into the car dealerships, before picking up the current route as it comes alongside the railway. Apart from the addition of the numerous roundabouts, the rest of the route through the town is essentially an online upgrade of the original road.

On the far side of Eaglesham, B764 previously continued ahead back into open country as it headed south west to join with the A77. Leaving Eaglesham, it is therefore possible to see what post-GSO downgrading has done to the B764 now it is unclassified. "The Eaglesham Moor Road" (also known as the "Fenwick Moor Road" by some) was once a busy S2 but has now been downgraded to an S1 with lined cycle routes on either side, although in practice traffic often still treats the road as normal two-way. The old route climbs up to a summit of over 300m as it crosses between the two tops of Queenseat Hill. To either side, open moorland spreads out, populated by the turbines of Whitelee Wind Farm. The route then drops down and crosses the council boundary into Ayrshire, where it turns back into a normal S2. East Ayrshire Council did use a similar S1 layout for a short time but for some reason changed back.

At the boundary, the route runs into forestry plantations, which are spaced out and set back from the roadside on one side or the other. Another minor road comes in from the left - the junction was realigned many years ago to removed a forked TOTSO, and soon after the A77 is met, not far from J6 of the M77. This is the end of the former B764 route, and today is a simple T junction with little traffic. Before completion of the J5 to J8 extension of the M77, the A77/B764 junction was the site of one of only two dual carriageway sections of the A77 between Fenwick and Newton Mearns; however, the A77 is now S2 at this point.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Junction with A726 near East Kilbride - Eaglesham - Kingwells





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