|Location Map ( geo)
|Parkhead / Gorbals, Glasgow (NS618645)
|King's Park (NS590608)
|4.6 miles (5.8 km)
|A8, A74, A89, A730, A749, B763, B768, B766, B762
|Route outline (key)
The A728 is arguably two separate routes in Glasgow, one heading south from the city centre, and one following the new East End Regeneration Road, or 'Clyde Gateway'
The more westerly of the two routes numbered as the A728 is more closely aligned to the original route. It starts at a signalised crossroads with the A8 in Gorbals just across the Clyde from Glasgow city centre. The A8 heads north on Crown Street across the Albert Bridge into the city centre, and west on Ballater Street, while the rump of the A74 heads east on Ballater Street. The A728, meanwhile, heads south on Laurieston Road, a dual carriageway 'bypass' for the Gorbals, which snakes westwards before losing the central reservation. There is then a signalised junction with Cumberland Street, which provides a short one-way connection from the A730 on the far side of the disused railway viaduct. The two routes converge and merge, with the A730 number having priority in the very short multiplex along Cathcart Road.
Laurieston Road is a wide new road constructed as part of the regeneration of the Gorbals district, once an area of slum housing but now an expensive and fashionable place to live. Redevelopment work is continuing further south, with the A728 and A730 splitting at a signalised junction where the A730 TOTSOs left onto Caldeonia Road, while the A728 continues south on Cathcart Road (formerly Cathcart Street), past a retail park and over the M74. The railway is crossed almost immediately beyond the motorway, and then the A728 TOTSOs left at the next traffic lights onto Aitkenhead Road. This initially runs alongside the railway, passing a large residential area predominantly composed of low rise flats, before turning right to pass an industrial area. The areas to the west here are of rather grey-looking housing built to replace the previous Victorian red sandstone tenements demolished on a grand scale during the 1950s and 1960s; the rest of the Govanhill district further to the west of this area remaining largely intact.
The B763, Calder Street, is crossed at a signalised crossroads, before the route turns right at the next lights with Polmadie Road, which may or may not be part of the route - more of which later. The route continues to wind southwards on Aitkenhead Road, crossing the B768 at a signalised crossroads before curving around Hampden Park Stadium. It then comes to an end at another signalised crossroads in the King's Park area, with the B762 coming in from the left and the B766 from the right, the two routes multiplexing ahead under the railway before splitting just beyond. As such, it is one of the small number of A-roads that ends on a B-road.
The A728 number was allocated in 2012 to the Glasgow East End Regeneration Route, the Clyde Gateway, without any amendment or logical connection to the existing route. The route was built as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games project. It starts at an east facing signalised fork on the A89 Biggar Street, close to The Forge Retail Park, with no connection to the western part of the A89. It then curves south west as a dual carriageway, almost immediately meeting Gallowgate at more traffic lights. This connects back to the A89 at Parkhead Roundabout, allowing traffic from the western A89 to join the A728. The route then heads south, passing to the west of the Eastern Necropolis and Celtic Park Stadium before meeting the A74 at a signalised crossroads. The route then curves to the south west once more, passing the velodrome and athletics stadium before a large area of housing originally forming the athletes village.
This section of the route is S4, with a central reservation only around the junctions. The A749, Dalmarnock Street, is crosses at more signals, with the B763 coming in from the right at the next lights to start a multiplex. Newhall Street turns off to the right at the next lights, and may be part of the re-routed A749 curving past Glasgow Green. The A728 then crosses the Clyde on Rutherglen Bridge, briefly dropping to S2 as it heads south on Shawfield Road. It widens back to four lanes as it approaches the signalised junction with the A730. This may be the end of this part of the A728, or it may not, there is no consensus available as to what happens to the south.
After a short multiplex west with the A730, the B763 resumes and heads south on Polmadie Road, soon meeting the M74 at J1A. Beyond, the mainline of the B763 turns right onto Calder Street, while Polmadie Road continues ahead, and is also signed as the B763, to meet the older A728 at the TOTSO junction noted above. However, since 2012 when the Clyde Gateway opened, this section of the road has regularly been mapped as part of the A728, and so connecting the two sections together in a 'Y' shape. Glasgow City Council is suitably vague on the matter, and the Ordnance Survey seem to have reverted to the original B763 / unclassified situation for Polmadie Road.
Todays route may be rather confused, but the history of the A728 is not much easier to unpick. Originally, the A728 appears to have started at on the A8 at Glasgow Cross and headed south to cross the Clyde on Albert Bridge. Unfortunately, the MOT map doesn't specifically identify this, but it seems the most likely scenario. It then continued straight on to run along the entire length of Crown Street, the southern part of which no longer exists. The short section of Cathcart Road, as over the railway always has been the A728, but it then stayed on Cathcart Road rather than turning onto Aitkenhead Road, and followed it through Govanhill, Crosshill and Mount Florida, passing to the west of Hampden Park. The route then came to an end on Holmlea Road which was the A727. All this is now unclassified, except for a short section which is the B766 and the A727 no longer exists in this area. The A728 still followed its original line in 1974, but has since been curtailed at the northern end with the creation of one-way systems on the A8, and diverted at the southern end.
The Clyde Gateway project was designed to be a link from the M74 J1a Polmadie Road Junction to the various Commonwealth Games sites around Celtic Park, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and athletes village. It was opened in stages up to 2012 in advance of Glasgow hosting the Games in 2014.
- Phase 1, part of the New Rutherglen Road diversion around the Oaklands housing development was opened in April 2007 per a BBC report of 26 April 2012.
- Phase 2, the 1.6 mile road from Rutherglen Bridge to the Parkhead Bypass (A89 Biggar Street) was opened on 26 April 2012. Cost was £25 million.
There were also plans to extend the route further north to meet the M80, but this has never been constructed. The likely alignment starts at the roundabout on the A89 a little to the east of the A728 junction, crosses the railway and then either follows Todd Street, or runs through the parkland to the east of it to reach the A8 and A80.