|From:||Craigie, Dundee (NO427311)|
|Distance:||11.2 miles (18 km)|
|Meets:||A92, B978, B962, A92, B9128|
|Old route now:||A92|
|Route outline (key)|
The A930 forms the coast road immediately east of Dundee.
The road starts on the eastern side of Dundee city centre, departing from the A92 at a fork, and so maintaining the coastal road as the A92 heads inland to bypass the towns and villages of the coast. In the past, the A930 used to gain priority, doubtless as it was the original route of the A92 (the A930 originally began in the centre of Dundee). However, with the roadworks taking place in autumn 2009 the junction is no longer a TOTSO. The road remains S4 (with plentiful roadside parking) through the first roundabout, before narrowing to S2 as we reach the shore (albeit blocked from a sea view by the railway).
As we enter Broughty Ferry, the B978 joins from the north, while the A930 keeps heading east, across the border into Angus from Dundee City, although there is no let up in the development along the road. We are now in Monifieth and heading away from the shore (or rather the opposite is true: the road is fairly straight whilst the coastline winds). At the eastern end of the town, the B962 connects to the A92, while we keep heading east across the large headland that sticks into the mouth of the River Tay. The small village of Barry has been bypassed, and the A930 reaches Carnoustie (after passing its golf courses) at a roundabout on the edge of town. Another roundabout provides a modern road up to the A92, and then its the long slog through the town full of golfers and tourist shops.
The history of the A930 at the Dundee end is confused and difficult to be precise about due to the scale of maps currently available. What can be said with certainty is that it previously extended much further into the city centre, and after the Tay Road Bridge opened this included a short multiplex with the A92. However, a subtle change in Monifieth can be more precisely noted, that is that the route originally made a sharper double bend along Ramsay Street and Dalhousie Street, before being moved east along a very short section of the B962 and the new-build Ashludie Terrace sometime after 1966.