A9/Edinburgh - Stirling
|Distance:||33 miles (53.1 km)|
|Meets:||M9, A905, A904, A803, A88, M876, A91, A872, A84, A907|
|Old route now:||B9080, A803|
Transport Scotland • Falkirk • Stirling
Midlothian • West Lothian • Stirlingshire
|Route outline (key)|
The A9s current start point is at the Cadgers Brae Roundabout, Junction 5 of the M9, between Grangemouth and Falkirk. However, originally it started all the way back in Edinburgh... just. From the motorway, the A9 heads west, roughly parallel to its original route which is now the A803 a little to the south. The road is a new build, and whilst mostly S2, it is wide and straight, punctuated only by a set of lights and a new roundabout before it reaches the Falkirk Ring Road. Another roundabout, with the B805 turns the road to the north, around the western edge of the town, through 3 more roundabouts before picking up a former railway line. Only one of these roundabouts is with a classified road, the A904.
The railway line was a loop line serving various industrial sites around the north of the town, and provided a useful corridor for the new ring road. There are 3 more roundabouts with unclassified roads before the A9 passes under the B902 without a junction. The next roundabout is with the B905, and here the road leaves the railway alignment, to run alongside the canal and pick up its historic route when it meets the A803 a little further to the south.
The A9 and A803 then briefly multiplex along Camelon's Main Street, before the A9 turns north once more, past the station and heads for Larbert. There is a short section of new road from the railway bridge up to Larbert Cross, but otherwise the A9 remains on its old route through the town. After passing the new Forth Valley Hospital, the end of the A88 is met at North Broomage Roundabout, with west facing slips onto the M876 also joining the roundabout. The newer east facing slips come soon after, and then the A9 heads through open country to Plean, and then after passing under the M9 without a junction more open countryside is passed before Bannockburn is reached, the southern edge of Stirling.
The A9 remains on its old route as far as St Ninians, where it turns right at the roundabout onto a botched dual carriageway (hatched down to D1 for most of its length), which leads to the Craigs Roundabout, where the A905 terminates. The A811 used to terminate here too, before being rerouted north to the A84. The next section of the A9 is a Stirling city centre bypass, with a dualled tunnel passing under the station, and then the dual carriagway continuing past Tescos to Customs Roundabout, the end of the A84.
The A9 drops back to single carriageway as it resumes its old route, over Stirling Bridge and then heads northwards to Causewayhead Roundabout. Here it swings westwards again, along a route originally build by Caulfeild as part of the military road network, to pass through a series of roundabout through Bridge of Allan and so to the Keir Roundabout at the northern end of the M9.
The route originally started at the A8 / A902 Gogar Roundabout junction and headed NW towards Edinburgh Airport in a straight, wide, runway like fashion. A short section remains as Turnhouse Road, initially suburban but leading to airport facilities. After a mile or so it is lost under the new runway and inaccessible due to the airport restrictions. It reappears on the far side just before crossing the River Almond, and then heads west as an unclassified road into Kirkliston.
In the village, the old A9 becomes the B9080 and runs parallel with its replacement, the M9, for a short while before crossing over the motorway, at the site of a temporary termini and passing through Winchburgh, before heading into open land. After several miles, the route runs under the Union canal at an aqueduct and enters Linlithgow, crossing the railway along the way and then becoming the A803. It then heads back towards the M9 at J4 and crosses the roundabout into the Falkirk area.
The next bit is a bit tricky! The current A9 appears at J5 of the M9 and forms a sort of bypass for the town but the A803 still follows the original A9 route, albeit diverted around the town centre, and meets the A9 on the edge of Camelon.