|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||East Kilbride (NS644557)|
|Distance:||7 miles (11.3 km)|
|Meets:||A725, B783, B759, A730, B762, B768, A724, A728, B763, A74, A8|
|Former Number(s):||B744, A74|
|Old route now:||A726, A725|
|Route outline (key)|
East Kilbride – Glasgow
The A749 commences at its southern end at the large and busy Whirlies Roundabout, at the northern reaches of East Kilbride. At this point it connects to the A725 and B783. It heads north to a roundabout junction with a more recent spur heading east, built to allow traffic from the north to join the A725 (East Kilbride Expressway) without having to negotiate the Whirlies Roundabout. This spur joins the A725 less than half a mile away at a grade separated junction.
A short distance north is the busy Kingsgate Roundabout, giving access to the large Kingsgate Retail Park and to Stewartfield Way which, despite being unclassified, acts as a northern by-pass for the large New Town. This is followed by a traffic-light-controlled junction at the northern entrance to the retail park. The road heads north with a national speed limit across open countryside as Glasgow Road with views over much of the Glasgow urban area and Cambuslang below. It crosses a staggered junction with the B759 and slows to a 40mph limit approaching Cathkin Roundabout where it becomes East Kilbride Road. This point was previously the Glasgow City boundary before local authority boundary changes hived the area off to become part of South Lanarkshire.
Continuing north west it meets the A730 and the speed limit drops to 30mph as it enters the Burnside district and the dual-carriageway section of the road ends. It becomes Stonelaw Road with a right turn under a railway bridge at a staggered junction with the B762, and heads north through the Rutherglen district to the traffic-light-controlled Rutherglen Cross where it crosses the B768 (Rutherglen Main Street). Proceeding north from here as Farmeloan Road it crosses the West Coast Main Line and goes under the M74 with no junction to reach Farme Cross, and its junction with the A724. From here it becomes Rutherglen Road, before crossing the River Clyde by way of Dalmarnock Bridge to enter the City of Glasgow as Dalmarnock Road in the Dalmarnock district.
After crossing the A728, the A749 continues ahead into the centre of Bridgeton, where the original crossroads with the A74 at Bridgeton Cross is now a bus-only road. Traffic can follow the A74 west from here to turn right at a signalised crossroads onto Arcadia Street to reach London Road and the A749 mainline again. It might just have been easier to follow the A728 instead (signage in this area tends to assume people want to leave Glasgow rather than get to the city centre).
London Road heads west then passes by the Barras Market to a staggered junction acting as a roundabout at Monteith Row, before once more becoming London Road. The final section of the road forms part of a one-way traffic system in the area around Glasgow Cross, finally ending at a junction with the A8 where London Road, Saltmarket, High Street, and Trongate meet. Inbound traffic uses the A749 whilst outbound traffic needs to take the parallel A89.
The A749 number did not exist in 1922. The road came into existence within the next 10 years when it took over the entire length of the B744. This started on the A723 in the centre of Strathaven and headed north via a multiplex along the A726 in East Kilbride, to end on the [[A74] in Rutherglen.
In 1935 the A726 was rerouted via Strathaven taking on the original southern section of the A749. In return, the A749 was extended slightly to meet its new route along what was the multiplex. The road was also extended at the Glasgow end. The A74 and A724 swapped numbers west of Hamilton; however, rather than the latter running all the way into Glasgow it was stopped at Rutherglen and the A749 took on the remainder of the ex-A74, giving the road its current northern end.
The growth of the New Town of East Kilbride rerouted the A749 onto what is now the eastern bypass. In the late 1970s the A725 was extended to the town and took over this section of the road.