A89

From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
A89
Cameraicon.png View gallery (27)
From: Glasgow (NS596648)
To: Newbridge (NT125726)
Length: 35.5 miles (57.1 km)
Meets:  A8, A749, A728, A8, M8, A752, A725, A8010, A73, A801, A800, A7066, A779, A899, M9, M8, A8
Former Number(s): A8
Highway Authorities

Edinburgh • Glasgow • North Lanarkshire • West Lothian

Traditional Counties

Lanarkshire • Midlothian • West Lothian

Route outline (key)
A89 Newbridge - Glasgow

Route

Blackridge, near the halfway point of the journey
Main Article: A89/route

Taken at face value, the A89 is a route between central Glasgow and the outskirts of Edinburgh. It can essentially be split into three different areas: Glasgow commuter belt, rural Scottish lowlands, and Edinburgh commuter belt. As such, it varies greatly in character, and isn't thought of much as a through route, especially as it shadows closely the M8 motorway.

History

Main Article: A89/history

The A89 certainly isn't the route you would use between Glasgow and Edinburgh, as that journey is much easier to accomplish by motorway. Furthermore, those of you steeped in roads lore will know that the traditional route between these two bustling cities is that of the A8. Why then does a road with a much less assuming number perform the task? The answer lies with that traditional route indeed, but the mystery is solved with respect to its two replacements - the 1920s Glasgow and Edinburgh Road, and the 1960s motorway.

Notable locations and improvements

Glasgow Cross

Standing on the very westernmost part of A89, this is the view down Glasgow's historic Trongate, away from the cross.
Main Article: Glasgow Cross

Glasgow Cross (the Mercat Cross) is the traditional centrepoint of the Second City of Empire. The Mercat building and the Tolbooth form iconic images of the city. It's also the far western end of the A89, and can only be covered in one direction, eastbound. Westbound travellers complete the journey on the parallel A749.

Baillieston Interchange

The main part of Baillieston Interchange is a huge, four-level grade separated junction. The A89 sliproads, out of shot on the left, are separate.
Main Article: Baillieston Interchange

Most of us think as Baillieston being the meeting point of A8, M8 and M73, but there are free-flow connections to the A89 included as part of the junction.

Starlaw Interchange

Three roundabouts make up Starlaw Interchange. This one, Boghall Roundabout, has the A89 connection.
Main Article: Starlaw Interchange

M8 junction 3A post-dates the construction of the motorway, as its suffixed designation suggests. It's also at a key junction in the history of the A89, having been at the point of its eastern teminus for over three decades.

Newbridge Roundabout

The motorway passes beneath Newbridge Roundabout.
Main Article: Newbridge Junction

Newbridge Roundabout is the eastern end of the A89, and arguably the main entrance to and exit from Edinburgh itself. The road meets the M8 and M9 here in some degree; exactly what part of the junction is M8 and what is M9 is a matter of history, law and of your own personal opinion.



A89
JunctionsBaillieston Interchange • Barrachnie Crossroads • Boghall Roundabout • Centenary Park Fork • Coatbridge Roundabout • Dechmont Roundabout • Drumpellier Roundabout • Glasgow Cross • Guildiehaugh Roundabout • Heatherfield Roundabout • Kilpunt Roundabout • Newbridge Junction • Parkhead • Shettleston Crossroads • Starlaw Interchange • Swinton Roundabout • Terminus Roundabout
RoadsNCN75
PlacesAirdrie • Coatbridge • Edinburgh Airport • Glasgow • Livingston
MiscellaneousA89/Named Junctions • A89/history • A89/route
Related Pictures
View gallery (27)
A89-b753.jpgA8 Baillieston Junction Looking west - Coppermine - 14226.JPGA8 from Holytown to Broxburn - section 5 - Coppermine - 16892.JPGGreggs Bakery old A8 (A89) Broxburn - Coppermine - 14184.JPGOld A8 (A89) near Broxburn - Coppermine - 14183.JPG
Other nearby roads
EdinburghA1 • A1140 • A199 • A6095 • A6096 (Edinburgh) • A6106 • A68 • A7 • A70 • A700 • A701 • A702 • A703 • A71 • A720 • A772 • A7a • A8 • A9 • A90 • A900 • A901 • A902 • A903 • A904 • A982 (Edinburgh) • B1350 • B6415 • B700 • B701 • B7030 • B900 • B901 • B9080 • B9085 • B924 • Borders Historic Route • E100 • E15 • E16 • E31 (via Newcastle) • E32 (Old System) • EuroVelo 12 • Fife Coastal Tourist Route • Forth Valley Tourist Route • M8 • M9 • M90 • NCN1 • NCN75 • NCN754 • NCN76 • T1 (Britain) • T26 (Britain) • T27 (Britain) • T86 (Britain) • T89 (Britain) • West Approach Road • ZC11 (Edinburgh) • ZC12 (Edinburgh) • ZC13 (Edinburgh) • ZC14 (Edinburgh) • ZC15 (Edinburgh) • ZC16 (Edinburgh) • ZC17 (Edinburgh) • ZC18 (Edinburgh) • ZC19 (Edinburgh) • ZC1 (Edinburgh) • ZC20 (Edinburgh) • ZC21 (Edinburgh) • ZC22 (Edinburgh) • ZC23 (Edinburgh) • ZC24 (Edinburgh) • ZC25 (Edinburgh) • ZC26 (Edinburgh) • ZC27 (Edinburgh) • ZC28 (Edinburgh) • ZC29 (Edinburgh) • ZC2 (Edinburgh) • ZC30 (Edinburgh) • ZC31 (Edinburgh) • ZC32 (Edinburgh) • ZC33 (Edinburgh) • ZC3 (Edinburgh) • ZC43 (Edinburgh) • ZC45 (Edinburgh) • ZC4 (Edinburgh) • ZC5 (Edinburgh) • ZC6 (Edinburgh)
LivingstonA705 • A7066 • A71 • A767 • A779 • A899 • B7015 • B7031 • B707 (Mid Calder - Philpstoun) • B708 (Bathgate - Livingston) • B8046 • C2 (West Lothian) • C4 (West Lothian) • E100 • E16 • E31 (via Newcastle) • M8 • T27 (Britain)
AirdrieA73 • A8 • A8010 • B7058 (Airdrie) • B752 (Airdrie) • B799 • B801 (Airdrie) • B802 • B8053 • B8058 • C12 (North Lanarkshire) • C18 (North Lanarkshire) • C59 (North Lanarkshire) • C66 (North Lanarkshire) • C71 (North Lanarkshire) • C72 (North Lanarkshire) • C97 (North Lanarkshire) • Hamilton - Cumbernauld Motorway
CoatbridgeA725 • A752 • A8 • B7070 • B753 • B757 • B803 • B804 • C17 (North Lanarkshire) • C57 (North Lanarkshire) • C61 (North Lanarkshire) • C64 (North Lanarkshire) • C69 (North Lanarkshire) • Hamilton - Cumbernauld Motorway • M73 • M8
GlasgowA721 • A726 • A727 • A727 (Gorbals Cross - Clarkston Toll) • A728 • A729 • A730 • A731 • A732 • A736 • A737 • A739 • A74 • A749 • A754 (Renfrewshire) • A761 • A763 • A77 • A8 • A8(M) (Baillieston) • A80 • A802 • A803 • A804 • A804 (Kelvingrove - Townhead) • A805 • A806 • A806 (Canniesburn - Scotstoun) • A808 • A809 • A81 • A814 • A82 • A876 (Glasgow) • A879 • B7053 • B7058 • B744 (Muirkirk - Glasgow) • B759 • B760 • B761 (Glasgow) • B762 • B762 (Braidfauld-Shettleston) • B763 • B763 (Dalmarnock - Parkhead) • B765 • B765 (Rutherglen) • B766 • B767 • B768 • B769 • B773 • B8030 • B8049 • B8050 • B805 (Barlanark) • B807 • B808 • B808 (Millerston - St Rollox) • B809 • B810 (Great Western Road) • B811 • B812 (Glasgow - Bardowie) • B813 • B860 (Glasgow) • E05 • E100 • E111 (Old System) • E16 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E31 (via Newcastle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • East Kilbride Motorway • EuroVelo 1 • Glasgow Inner Ring Road • Hamilton - Cumbernauld Motorway • M6 • M73 • M74 • M77 • M8 • M80 • M81 • M82 • M83 • Military Way • NCN7 • NCN75 • NCN754 • Paisley - Hamilton Motorway • T12 (Britain) • T27 (Britain) • T28 (Britain) • T91 (Britain)
A1-A99
The First 99           A1  •  A2  •  A3  •  A4  •  A5  •  A6  •  A7  •  A8  •  A9  • A10 • A11 • A12 • A13 • A14 • A15 • A16 • A17 • A18 • A19
A20 • A21 • A22 • A23 • A24 • A25 • A26 • A27 • A28 • A29 • A30 • A31 • A32 • A33 • A34 • A35 • A36 • A37 • A38 • A39
A40 • A41 • A42 • A43 • A44 • A45 • A46 • A47 • A48 • A49 • A50 • A51 • A52 • A53 • A54 • A55 • A56 • A57 • A58 • A59
A60 • A61 • A62 • A63 • A64 • A65 • A66 • A67 • A68 • A69 • A70 • A71 • A72 • A73 • A74 • A75 • A76 • A77 • A78 • A79
A80 • A81 • A82 • A83 • A84 • A85 • A86 • A87 • A88 • A89 • A90 • A91 • A92 • A93 • A94 • A95 • A96 • A97 • A98 • A99
Motorway sectionsA1(M): (South Mimms - Baldock • Alconbury - Peterborough • Doncaster Bypass • Darrington - Leeming • Barton - Birtley)
A3(M) • A8(M) Baillieston spur • A14(M) • A38(M) • A48(M) Cardiff spur • A57(M) • A58(M) • A64(M) • A66(M) • A74(M) • A92(M)
DefunctA1(M) Newcastle CME • A2(M) Medway Towns Bypass • A4(M) • A5(M) • A8(M) Renfrew bypass • A14 • A18(M) • A20(M) • A36(M)
A40(M): (Westway • Denham -Stokenchurch) • A41(M) • A42 • A46(M) • A48(M): (Port Talbot bypass • Morriston bypass) • A62(M) • A88 • A99
UnbuiltA2(M) Rochester Way Relief Road • A6(M): (Western route • Eastern route) • A34(M) • A48(M) Llantrisant Radial • A59(M) • A61(M)