|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.6 miles (9 km)|
|Meets:||A806, B757, B802, M80, A73|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8048 is a link road in Scotland's Central Belt. It was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The road starts on the A806 (formerly the A8006) to the south of Kirkintilloch town centre and heads eastwards through the suburbs, passing playing fields on the left. After crossing the Luggie Water on Oxgang Bridge, the road turns right at a roundabout, with the housing and schools gradually fading away into open fields. After around a mile and a half of open countryside, the road turns right at a mini roundabout, over a railway bridge and then left at another roundabout. These are the first in a series of regular roundabouts as the road runs through the Blackwood area of Cumbernauld.
At the 5th roundabout, the B802 joins from the north; there's a short multiplex to the next, much larger, Craiglinn Roundabout with our number dominant as the other road has been rerouted. The B802 heads off south towards Airdrie, whilst the B8048 enjoys a short dualled section to the Black O' Hill Roundabout. The now-unclassified D2 road continues south to meet the A8011 at M80 J4A, although access to the motorway is somewhat convoluted. The B8048 itself continues to meet the M80 properly at J5, a dumbbell junction at the start of the A73. However, there's no access to the A8011 this way.