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From:  Johnstone (NS426633)
To:  Howwood By Pass (NS389599)
Distance:  3.6 miles (5.8 km)
Meets:  B789, A737, B776, A737
Former Number(s):  A737
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Route outline (key)
B787 Johnstone - Howwood

The B787 is a largely urban B-road to the west of the Renfrewshire town of Johnstone.


The route starts at traffic lights on the B789 in Johnstone town centre and heads south along Macdowall Street, with tenement blocks on the left and a couple of rows of shops mixed in on the right. It then curves to the right onto Graham Road and becomes largely residential, with a mixture of flats and tenements. Flats give way to houses after a school and the B787 continues along the wide, straight Kilbarchan Road. It narrows suddenly and descends round some bends, passing a large factory site set in the woodlands on the banks of the Black Cart Water. A mini-roundabout is then reached, from where a spur heads off to the right to cross the Black Cart Water and end at a limited access (north facing slips only) dumbbell GSJ with the A737 Johnstone bypass. The mainline of the B787 turns left at the mini-roundabout, to curve through woodland on Cochranemill Road as it follows the river upstream.

Bus Shelter, Beith Road, Johnstone

Houses soon appear on the left, followed by a bus depot just before the route crosses the Ayrshire Coast Line by Milliken Park station. Now heading south east, the route passes between more houses, all of which are set back from the roadside, and reaches a roundabout shortly afterwards. This was the original southern end of the route as it reached the A737. However, since the bypass opened, the B787 has taken over the old road to the south. It therefore turns right and continues along the residential Beith Road, although again there are no frontages direct onto the road. New housing estates have stretched the urban area along the roadside in the last few years, and even when fields are finally reached, houses, farms and a school are strung along the route, meaning it is not completely rural. A few hundred yards later the road becomes residential again as it enters the small village of Howwood.

A row of houses stands on the left at the entrance to the village, but the newer estates on the right back onto the road. After curving past a park, the B776 drops down at an acute angle on the left and the B787 continues ahead along Main Street. Although there are a couple of shops, there are few older buildings, and depsite being called Main Street, most of the time it is running past modern housing which again backs onto the main road, giving hedges and garden fences on the roadside. A small field is then followed by a farm as the route leaves town. A couple of fields later, the route bends to the right and ends at a T-junction back on the A737.


As noted above, the route was originally a short link within Johnstone, ending where it met the old line of the A737 on Beith Road. The town's bypass was finally completed in 1992, at which point the A737 was diverted onto the new road, and the B787 took over the former section through Howwood. It was probably at this point that the spur to the junction at Kilbarchan was added, although to date this cannot be confirmed from the mapping evidence available.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Junction with A737 - Johnstone

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Bus Shelter Beith Road Johnstone - Geograph - 1415989.jpgB787 through Howwood - Geograph - 3068467.jpg
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

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