|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||15 miles (24.1 km)|
|Meets:||A701, A703, B7026, B6372, B7003, B6392, B704, A7, A768, B6392, B703, B6373, A6106, B6414, A68, A6124, A1, A199, B1361|
|Route outline (key)|
At Leadburn in Midlothian there is a four-way crossroads: the limb to the north is the A701/A703 multiplex for Penicuik, the limb to the south is the A703 for Peebles, that to the south west is the A701 making a TOTSO for Moffat. The A6094 is the fourth limb, running generally north east across the county until it ends on the A199 (ex-A1) at Wallyford, east of Musselburgh. Thus the road is a numerical anomaly, with one end in Zone 7 and the other north of the present A1 and hence in Zone 1.
For most of its length of about 15 miles the A6094 runs through areas where coal has been mined, and at the time of writing there is still opencast extraction nearby. The terrain is undulating, giving frequent views of the Pentlands to the north west and the Firth of Forth to the north. The road is S2 throughout, and NSL except for 30 mph limits in built-up areas and a short stretch at 40 mph just west of the A7, and provides an attractive alternative to the A720 city bypass for traffic in the outer south east quadrant round Edinburgh.
Leadburn – Wallyford
Initially the road climbs from Leadburn then falls into the village of Howgate 2 miles away. There used to be a TOTSO here, but following the construction of a small housing estate at the junction, there is now a roundabout where the B7026 continues the line of the unofficial Penicuik eastern bypass and the A6094 turns to the right. The north east direction is restored as the B6372 Penicuik-Gorebridge road is crossed, then the A6094 has a stretch of undemanding rise and fall with occasional fast bends.
Some 4 miles from Howgate the village of Rosewell is bypassed to the north west and the B7003 to Roslin leads off to the left. After another mile the edge of the ex-mining town of Bonnyrigg is reached, with the B6392 to the right providing a south east bypass to the A7, and beyond it to the Eskbank roundabout. The A6094 continues into the town, however, where at the centre the B704 is crossed at traffic lights (left for Loanhead, right for Gorebridge), and in a further mile the A7 Dalkeith western bypass is crossed at a roundabout (left for Edinburgh, right for Galashiels). Shortly afterwards the 6-way roundabout at Eskbank Toll is reached, the respective limbs clockwise from the A6094 entering being the A768 to Loanhead, the B6392 (ex-A7) to Edinburgh, the A6094 leaving, the B703 to Newtongrange, and the B6392 (ex-A7) to Galashiels.
In less than a mile Dalkeith town centre is reached. First there is a light-controlled crossroads with the B6373 which provides an alternative north west/south east route through the town to the soon-to-be-met A6106, then our road forms the High Street where the A6106 makes a staggered crossing at traffic lights, left for Sheriffhall and Edinburgh, right for Fordel on the A68 south east of the town. The A6106 has replaced the A68 through Dalkeith, the latter now being the northern bypass. Dalkeith is the administrative centre of Midlothian, with brutal concrete buildings from the 1960s contrasting with pleasant older ones. Leaving the town the River South Esk is crossed, then our road turns left at a roundabout where the B6414 to Tranent goes straight on. The road now runs along the high wall of Dalkeith Country Park to the left, shortly reaching a GSJ with the A68 Dalkeith northern bypass which passes below.
After some sharp bends Whitecraig, another ex-mining village, is reached 3 miles from Dalkeith, then at a roundabout we cross the A6124 from Musselburgh, again to Fordel on the A68 to the south. Shortly, the A1 Expressway is met at a light-controlled diamond GSJ, the A1's 4 slips joining the A6094 as it crosses over. Soon we come to yet another ex-mining village, Wallyford, this containing some prioritised chicanes, the only ones on the entire road. This is a place of no scenic beauty but it is notable as the destination of a surprising number of buses from Edinburgh, with a lot more passing through on their way between the city and East Lothian. Immediately afterwards the A6094 ends at Strawberry Corner on a roundabout where the A199 (ex-A1) passes, left for Musselburgh and right for Tranent. The B1361 (ex-A198, which now starts on the A1 further east) to Prestonpans continues the line of the A6094 from the roundabout, which has the notable feature of the ECML passing directly below it, here heading ENE on its way "south" to England.