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A902

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A902
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Leith (NT265764)
To:  North Gyle (NT180727)
Distance:  6.9 miles (11.1 km)
Meets:  A901, B901, A903, B9085, A90, A8
Former Number(s):  A982
Old route now:  B9085
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Edinburgh

Traditional Counties

Midlothian

Route outline (key)
A902 Leith - Drylaw
A902 Blackhall - Davidson's Mains
(A90) Drylaw - Braepark
A902 Braepark - North Gyle

The A902 is really two different routes sharing the same number, although the history of the route is not so simple.

Leith - Drylaw

Heading north on Telford Road

The road starts on the A901 next to Junction Bridge in Leith. It heads west out of town along Ferry Road, which is lined with a mixture of tenement blocks, often over shops, terraced housing and newer blocks, generally of flats, but including some single storey business premises, or shops with offices above. As the road continues west, groups of detached and semi detached villas are passed, with the road becoming more upmarket as it leaves the core of the city behind. A couple of parks lie behind the houses, and the Goldenacre playing fields open off the road, with the B901 met at traffic lights just beyond. More parks sit on the south side of the road as it continues west through Inverleith, with the houses opposite often set back behind grassy strips or service roads.

The road then reaches Crewe Toll roundabout, where it forks left and turns southwestward to follow Telford Road (formerly the A982). This curves between a mixture of interwar and postwar housing developments, much of them originally built as council houses, and leads to the A90 Queensferry Road. The original route of the A902 continued along Ferry Road to Davidson's Mains before heading south to the A90 on Quality Street; this is now the B9085. Telford Road was originally built in 1929, and the A902 was re-routed on to it after 1972.

Maybury Road

Maybury Road, Barnton

After a multiplex with the A90, the A902 reappears at Barnton Junction - originally a pair of roundabouts but now signal-controlled - as Maybury Road, heading south to the A8 Glasgow Road. This road was added to the route of the A902 upon its completion in 1927. It was originally built wide enough for 2 lanes of traffic in each direction, although today there is only one southbound lane at the northern end, the middle lane is hatched out. It crosses a roundabout mid-way down Maybury Road which gives access to Maybury Drive and East Craigs. Maybury Drive acts as the spine road for the East Craigs estate and is signed as a no-through-road, there being no other exit available for vehicular traffic. Maybury Road continues south, briefly as a dual carriageway, before narrowing to be S4 past the art-Deco Maybury Roadhouse to the signal-controlled Maybury Junction (also originally twin roundabouts), where it meets the A8 Glasgow Road and the original A9 Turnhouse Road.


History

In 1922 the A902 ran only from Leith to Davidson's Mains. It was extended from Barnton Junction to Maybury Junction on 21 April 1927 upon the opening of the 1.5 mile Maybury Road by Sir Henry Maybury, Director-General of Roads. Work had started on 1 June 1925. The new road was 60 feet wide with a 40 foot carriageway and two 10 foot footpaths, under which the services had been laid. It had employed an average of 120 workers and had involved the excavation of 20 foot deep rock cutting near the Board of Agriculture's experimental farm at East Craigs. Cost was £48,266, exclusive of the southern junction and compensation. This enabled Leith traffic from the west to bypass Edinburgh city centre using a multiplex with A90 from Davidson's Mains to Barnton Junction.

It was not until the 1970s that the A902 was rerouted along the Telford Road A982 bypass route from Crewe Toll to Davidson's Mains. Telford Road had opened on 4 January 1929.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Leith - Davidson Mains





A902
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Approach to Blackhall junction - Geograph - 2048038.jpgBarnton crossroads - Geograph - 2048027.jpgMaybury junction, Edinburgh - Geograph - 802814.jpgTelford Road approaching Crewe Toll roundabout - Geograph - 1373007.jpgBarnton Junction 1971 proposal.png
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