A1/Dunbar - Musselburgh

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The Great North Road
From:Dunbar (NT649774)
To:Portobello (NT311729)
Length:22.9 miles (36.9 km)
Meets: A199, A6093, A198, A6094, A720, A6095, A199
Old route now:A199
Highway Authorities

Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

East Lothian

Route outline (key)
Arrowwest.jpg West Musselburgh - Central Edinburgh
A1 Old Craighall - Portobello
A1 Dunbar - Old Craighall
East Arroweast.jpg Morpeth - Dunbar
Junction List
Junc West/Northbound East/Southbound
Thistley Cross A199 A199
Abbotsview A199, A6093 A199, A6093
Oaktree A199, B6471 A199, B6471
Gladsmuir B6363 B6363
Bankton A198, B6371 A198, B6371
Dolphinstone A199 A199
Wallyford A6094 A6094
Old Craighall A720, B6415 A720, B6415

South|North

A Special Road (or to be pedantic, two special roads), running as a grade-separated dual carriageway between Dunbar and Edinburgh. At Old Craighall, it ceases to be special, trunk and primary, though remains grade-separated and mostly dual carriageway, heading to the TOTSO at the cannon with the A199 at Portobello.

As a special road, when the initial upgrade was being built in the late 90s, it was considered by several map makers to be a motorway under construction.

Route

Heading north, Thistly Cross Roundabout is the last non-grade separated junction for a long time. This large roundabout shares its name with a cider from the nearby Belhaven brewers. The junction allows access to the A199 (the former A1) and a couple of miles further the A198 leaves the A199 at a T-junction heading to North Berwick. To the south, it meets the B6370.

The A1 continues as dual carriageway to the east, leaving behind the coast and cutting across East Lothian, closely following the old route of the A1, which is now the A199. Just before East Linton, the road and railway part company, the latter taking a more northerly route via Drem; shortly after, the A1 crosses the River Tyne then runs alongside it to the market town of Haddington. The next junction is just before Haddington: you can change to the A199 which also skirts the town on an earlier bypass, or you can take the A6093 into Haddington. To the north, an unclassified road heads to the B1377 near Drem, or you can rejoin the eastward A199.

There is another junction a little west of Haddington. The B6471 heads into Haddington from the other side, while you can again join the A199 in either direction, or take another unclassified road north. Next is a junction with the B6363, north to Longniddry or south to Pencaitland, intersecting the A199 a little to the south.

At Meadowmill a junction provides local access to Cockenzie (whose coal power station is now closed), the seaside resort of Port Seton, and the former coal mining town of Tranent, while also linking to the A198, which heads northeast up the coast to Aberlady, Gullane, and North Berwick. A little further west, another junction with the A199 lets eastbound traffic to Tranent and westbound traffic to Wallyford and the east side of Musselburgh, including the race course. There is another junction soon after, with the A6094 which connects Musselburgh with Dalkeith. The A6124 is crossed without a connection, and the next junction is at Old Craighall Junction which provides access to the A720 Edinburgh city bypass, or north to Monktonhall and Musselburgh.

History

Prior to the upgrade to dual carriageway, the A1 took a nearby route that closely corresponds to the current A199, although a number of bypasses were built on this old route through the 20th century. In 1923, it passed through the centre of East Linton by the ancient East Linton Bridge; in 1927 this was replaced by a small local bypass over East Linton Bypass Bridge. Both cross the River Tyne, although not the famous one in Newcastle.

West of East Linton, the A1 originally headed into central Haddington from the North and, following a sharp turn, headed out to the West (this to avoid the River Tyne). The Haddington section of the route was bypassed to the north (by the current A199) before the present route was built. Beyond that, it passed through Tranent (again, now the line of the A199) and at a point southeast of Musselburgh and northeast of Wallyford, it met the A6094 and A198 at a crossroads; this is now a roundabout on the A199 with A6094 and B1361.

The old A1 then headed through the centres of Musselburgh and Portobello, before turning into Edinburgh along Portobello Road. Today this is A199 as far as Eastfield, then local routes to Portobello High Street.

Improvements

1986: Tranent Bypass

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1987: Musselburgh Bypass

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1997: Macmerry to Haddington

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2004: Haddington to Dunbar

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A1
SectionsA1(M)/Alconbury - Peterborough • A1(M)/Blyth - Adwick le Street • A1(M)/South Mimms - Baldock • A1/Adwick le Street - Darrington • A1/Baldock - Alconbury • A1/Birtley - Morpeth • A1/Central London - South Mimms • A1/Morpeth - Dunbar • A1/Musselburgh - Central Edinburgh • A1/Peterborough - Blyth • A1/via Tyne Tunnel
ProjectsA1(M) Bramham to Wetherby • A1(M) Dishforth to Barton
JunctionsAlconbury South Interchange • Angel • Blue House Roundabout • Boot and Shoe Roundabout • Busby Stoop Roundabout • Catterick North Interchange • Catterick South Interchange • East Denton Interchange • Eighton Lodge Interchange • Ferrybridge • Follingsby Interchange • Gainsborough Corner • Howdon Interchange • Lindisfarne Interchange • Neville's Cross • Racecourse Roundabout (Doncaster) • Scotch Corner • St Marys Roundabout (Doncaster) • St Pauls Gyratory
ServicesBaldock services • Barnsdale Bar services • Barton Park truckstop • Barton services • Blyth services • Brampton Hut services • Colsterworth services • Durham services • Ferrybridge services • Grantham North services • Kirby Hill services • Markham Moor services • Newark services • Peterborough services • Scotch Corner services • Seaton Burn services • South Mimms services • Sprotbrough services • Wansford services • Washington services • Wetherby services
CrossingsA1 Blaydon Bridge • A1 Bridge (East Linton) • Alnwick Viaduct • Berwick Bypass Bridge • Blaydon Bridge • Coquet Viaduct • Stainby Road Bridge • Stamford Bypass • Swing Bridge (Tyne) • Tempsford Bridge • Wansford Bypass Bridge • Wentbridge Viaduct • Winthorpe Bridge
RoadsA1 • A1(M)/Newcastle Central Motorway East • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E15 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E31 (via Newcastle) • Ermine Street • Holyhead Road • Peddars Way • T21 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain)
PlacesAlnwick • Barnet • Berwick-upon-Tweed • Boroughbridge • Central London • Edinburgh • Gateshead • Grantham • Haddington • Huntingdon • Morpeth • Newark-on-Trent • Newcastle upon Tyne • Peterborough • Pontefract • Potters Bar • Stamford • Stevenage • The City
Miscellaneous1924 A1 Renumbering • A1/Early Improvements • A1/Named Junctions • A1/Roaders Digest Entry • A1 London - Peterborough
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Junctions on the A1/A1(M)
London - PeterboroughSt Paul's • Angel • Highbury Corner • Nags Head • Archway • Henlys Corner • Fiveways Corner • Mill Hill Circus • Apex Corner • Stirling Corner • Borehamwood • 1 Bignells Corner • 2 Roestock • 3 Roehyde • 4 Oldings Corner • 5 Lemsford • 6 The Clock • 7 Langley Sidings • 8 Coreys Mill • 9 Letchworth Gate • 10 Stotfold • Langford & Edworth Turns • Biggleswade South • Biggleswade North • Sandy • Black Cat • Wyboston • Hail Weston • Little Paxton • Buckden Roundabout • Brampton • Brampton Hut • Alconbury South • 14 Alconbury North • 15 Sawtry • 16 Norman Cross • 17 Fletton Parkway
Peterborough - Scotch Corner17 Fletton Parkway • Wansford • Carpenters Lodge • Wothorpe • Tinwell • Stamford • Tickencote • Bloody Oaks • Stretton • Colsterworth • Bridge End • Little Ponton • Spittlegate • Harlaxton Road • Barrowby • Gonerby Moor • Balderton • Coddington • Winthorpe • North Muskham • Carlton-on-Trent • Tuxford • Markham Moor • Twyford Bridge • Elkesley Junction • Apleyhead • Ranby • Blyth Flyover • 34 Blyth • 35 Wadworth Viaduct • 36 Warmsworth • 37 Ducker Holt • 38 Redhouse • Barnsdale Bar • 40 Darrington • 41 Holmfield • 42 Selby Fork • 43 Hook Moor • 44 Bramham • 45 Grange Moor • 46 Kirk Deighton • 47 Allerton Park • 48 Aldborough Gate • 49 Dishforth • 50 Baldersby • 51 Leeming • Catterick South • 52 Catterick Central • Catterick North • Scotch Corner • 56 Barton
Scotch Corner - Edinburgh56 Barton • 57 Blackwell Spur • 58 Burtree • 59 Aycliffe • 60 Bradbury • 61 Bowburn • 62 Carrville • 63 Blind Lane • 64 Vigo • 65 Birtley • 66 Eighton Lodge • 67 Coalhouse • 68 Lobley Hill • 69 Gateshead Quays • 70 Dunston • 71 Metro Centre • 72 Swalwell • 73 Derwenthaugh • 74 Scotswood • 75 Denton Burn • 76 Westerhope • 77 Kenton Bar • 78 Fawdon • 79 North Brunton • 80 Seaton Burn • Shotton Lane • Stannington • Clifton • St. Leonards • Fair Moor • Warreners House • Alnwick • Denwick • Chatton • Belford Station • Fenwick • Oxford • Scremerston Roundabout • East Ord Roundabout • Duddo • Duns Road • Highfields Roundabout • Cockburnspath Roundabout • Innerwick • Broxburn • Spott Roundabout • Thistly Cross Roundabout • Abbotsview • Oaktree • Gladsmuir • Bankton • Dolphinstone • Wallyford • Old Craighall • Newcraighall • Milton Link • East End