|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Clark Street (NS769654)|
|To:||Aitken Street (NS765662)|
|Distance:||0.5 miles (0.8 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8053 is a short road to the east of Airdrie town centre.
The road starts at an unsigned junction on the A89 and heads north up North Biggar Street, part of the historic Stirling to Carlisle road that passed through Airdrie (although the road has never had Class I status). This first section is one-way, heading north up the hill to a mini roundabout at Flowerhill Street, part of the pre-turnpike Glasgow to Edinburgh road through Airdrie.
The route is now two-way, running down hill past more large houses on the right, and light industry and a park to the left. On the far side of another mini-roundabout the route passes through a band of council housing, before terminating on the A8010 at another unsigned junction. Despite the historical importance of the route, today it seems to be a quiet suburban road, gaining no benefit from its B-road status.
In 1922, none of this route was classified. However, perhaps ironically, South Biggar Road to the south was allocated the B752 number. This route would became out of zone on the realignment of the A8 in 1935 and so became the B8053; it is presumed the route to the north gained this number s few years earlier.
By the late 1950s, the southern section had been declassified, leaving the B8053 as we have it today.