|Distance:||4 miles (6.4 km)|
|Meets:||M876, A905, A985, A977|
|Old route now:||B905, A88, A985|
|Route outline (key)|
The A876 is a short but important route in Central Scotland, and has seen a significant amount of change over the years.
The road begins at the end of the M876 at the rebuilt J3 (Bowtrees Interchange). The interchange was formerly a roundabout, but the M876 now flows directly onto the A876. The A876 continues as a dual carriageway for approximately one mile, with the dual carriageway ending on a new roundabout just before the old Kincardine Bridge. The roundabout allows traffic to continue into Kincardine along the old bridge, now numbered A985, or north along the 2008-built Clackmannanshire Bridge, which is now the main route of the A876, relieving Kincardine of much of the traffic that formerly plagued the town.
The road continues over the new bridge, with both the bridge and the new link road leading up to the A977 roundabout being built to WS2+1 standard. Southbound traffic has two lanes over the bridge, with the priority swapping north of the bridge so that northbound traffic gets a chance to overtake before the road terminates at the new roundabout with the A977, where travellers can turn left for Clackmannan, the county town of Clackmannanshire, or right for Kincardine.
North Approach Road
Although the Kincardine Bridge became part of the A985 on the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge, a small section of the A876 remains through the town of Kincardine on the Northern Approach Road between the A985 and A977. This section does not appear on maps but road signs and Transport Scotland documentation gives it the A876 number.
The current incarnation of the A876 came into being after World War II when the A977 Kincardine Bridge Road was extended west of the A9 to provide better access to the A80. An 8-zone number was therefore required and the A876 took over that road's route.
Starting on the A803 at Bonnybridge the road headed northeast to Larbert, part of which is now the B905 then multiplexed along the A9 for a short distance before running eastwards along the present A88 to another short multiplex with the A905, where the road reached what is now its western end.
At some point in the late 1970s, the M876 came and consumed about two-thirds of the road. The present M876 multiplex with the M9 is a legacy of the previous situation, where the A876 multiplexed with the A905. The road was very busy as it was the first road to cross the Firth of Forth by a bridge. The road starts where the M876 ends and where the old multiplex with the A905 ended. The road was S2, out-of-zone (as explained above), straight and quite busy. After about a mile, we reach the roundabout where the current A876 turns left to cross the Clackmannanshire Bridge - but the old road went straight ahead across the Kincardine Bridge, now the A985. Built in 1936, it became very busy, explaining why the second crossing was needed. On the far side of the river we met the old western end of the A985, which takes traffic to the Forth Road Bridge and allows cross-country traffic to by-pass Kincardine. The old A876 turned left here onto what is now the isolated section of the road through Kincardine itself, quickly meeting the A977.
In 2008 the Kincardine Bridge became an extension of the A985 when the A876 was rerouted onto the new Clackmannanshire Bridge.