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A898
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Erskine Bridge
From:Erskine (NS455716)
To:Old Kilpatrick Interchange (NS471729)
Length:1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Meets: M898, A726, A82
Highway Authorities

Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

Dunbartonshire • Renfrewshire

Route outline (key)
A898 Erskine - Old Kilpatrick

Route

The A898 is probably one of Britain's shortest primary routes. At only 2 miles, it is not long but very useful as it makes a shortcut to the West Highlands allowing traffic to get to/from the M8 without passing through Glasgow.

Erskine Bridge

The A898

The A898 starts at J1 of the M898. Before March 2006 and the abolition of tolls, traffic would have to stop here to pay the toll, which explains why all the slip roads are on the same side of the dumbbell. Now, drivers can continue directly over the cable-stayed Erskine Bridge, opened in 1972. The bridge itself offers views of the airport, Erskine, Dumbarton and the Kilpatrick Hills.

After the bridge, we approach the only other junction on the A898, a directional T with the A82. Traffic heading for Loch Lomond, Crianlarich and Fort William takes the left lane northbound, and Clydebank and Glasgow-based traffic takes the right lane. Although the A878 from the centre of Old Kilpatrick also ties into the Old Kilpatrick Interchange it is inaccessible from the A898.

History

The A898 number seems to have been allocated specifically to the Erskine Bridge, together with the similar M898 just to the south. Prior to the opening of the bridge, traffic crossed the Clyde via the Erskine Ferry just upstream, which was part of the A726. That road, however, ended on the A814 meaning that all traffic had to go through the centre of Old Kilpatrick to reach the A82.

Although the Erskine Bridge didn't open until the 1970s, no earlier use of the number has yet been found, leaving a curious gap between the A897 and A899.



A898
JunctionsOld Kilpatrick Interchange • Toll Plaza Interchange
CrossingsErskine Bridge
Related Pictures
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A814-erskine-br.jpgA82 - Coppermine - 1329.jpgErskine Bridge.jpgErskine-ferry.jpgGloomy Erskine Bridge - Coppermine - 13864.jpg
Other nearby roads
Erskine BridgeA726 • A740 (Paisley - Old Kilpatrick) • A810 • A814 • A82 • A878 • B815 • E05 • M8 • M898
A800-A899
A800 • A801 • A802 • A803 • A804 • A805 • A806 • A807 • A808 • A809 • A810 • A811 • A812 • A813 • A814 • A815 • A816 • A817 • A818 • A819

A820 • A821 • A822 • A823 • A824 • A825 • A826 • A827 • A828 • A829 • A830 • A831 • A832 • A833 • A834 • A835 • A836 • A837 • A838 • A839
A840 • A841 • A842 • A843 • A844 • A845 • A846 • A847 • A848 • A849 • A850 • A851 • A852 • A853 • A854 • A855 • A856 • A857 • A858 • A859
A860 • A861 • A862 • A863 • A864 • A865 • A866 • A867 • A868 • A869 • A870 • A871 • A872 • A873 • A874 • A875 • A876 • A877 • A878 • A879
A880 • A881 • A882 • A883 • A884 • A885 • A886 • A887 • A888 • A889 • A890 • A891 • A892 • A893 • A894 • A895 • A896 • A897 • A898 • A899

Defunct Itineraries and Motorways: A804 • A806 • A817 • A818 • A823(M) • A825 • A833 • A859 • A862 • A872 • A876 • A882 • A896