|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||3.6 miles (5.8 km)|
|Meets:||A814, A82, A81, A879, A803|
|Route outline (key)|
The B808 is a very urban road, starting in Glasgow's west end and gently curving around the north of the city centre. Along the way it passes through a wide variety of Glasgow life, from the bustling Byres Road to quiet industrial areas.
Except for the section south of the Great Western Road, which was part of the B768, the road was originally unclassified. It remained so for some years but had become the B808 by 1986.
Partick - Springburn
We start on the A814 Clydeside Expressway with a little GSJ that has been made more complicated with the new road to help regenerate the riverside. Soon, however, we are on Beith Street headed for Kelvingrove. There are numerous sets of traffic lights as we curve round into Byres Road, the junction with Dumbarton Road, the now-unclassified original route of the A82 being particularly slow. Byres Road itself is at the heart of Glasgow University, with the main buildings just a stone's throw to the east, as is the Hospital. As we head north past the shops, pubs and clubs, two of the crossroads are traffic-light-controlled, and then we reach the A82 Great Western Road.
To the north of the A82, the B808 passes the Botanic Gardens on the left, and round a rather unnecessary roundabout onto Queen Margaret Bridge across the River Kelvin. We are now passing through one of Glasgow's Tenement areas, with the grand houses on either side of the road actually forming 3 or 4 flats each. Then, after passing playing fields on the right, we reach the traffic lights of the A81 junction at Maryhill.
Beyond the A81, we curve around to the right and under the Forth and Clyde Canal. To our right, behind the trees, is Ruchill Park, while to the left much of the old industrial land is being regenerated. Beyond the park, the row of houses on our right mask another regeneration area where the old estate has largely been torn down, although progress is slow. Soon, a bend to the left brings us to another set of traffic lights and the A879.
It is here that the nature of the road changes from residential to industrial, with the large industrial units of Possil Park making a stark change to the busy street scenes of Byres Road. Hawthorn Street now leads us all the way west to the GSJ with the A803 at Springburn, and the end of the B808.