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From:  Cleanhill (NJ931007)
To:  Bridge of Don (NJ947107)
Via:  Aberdeen Harbour
Distance:  11.2 miles (18 km)
Meets:  A90, A92, A945, A93, A9013, A96, A978, A90
Former Number(s):  B982, A945, A92
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Traditional Counties

Aberdeenshire • Kincardineshire

Route outline (key)
A956 Cleanhill - Charlestown
A956 Charlestown - Bridge of Don


The A956 is one of the main roads through the south and middle of Aberdeen.

The A956 starts life at an at-grade roundabout on the A90 at Cleanhill to the southwest of the city. It's a high quality dual carriageway, with emergency lay-bys, and no access to fields or properties. The road speeds along to the south of the city for approximately 4 miles to meet the A92 at Charleston. This section is a trunk road and is also a Special Road (with traffic limited to classes I and II). This junction was formerly the starting point of the A956, and used to be a trumpet with freeflow access to the city, but is now a diamond junction (the A92 continuing unimpeded underneath), with traffic lights on the A956 mainline to control access to and from the sliproads. At this point, the road loses its trunk and Special Road status. The A956, still dualled, has seen a lot of development in recent years, and soon reaches another set of traffic lights providing access to Cove, followed by the first of many roundabouts which take the road into the urban part of town. After going over the railway line the road reaches the River Dee and narrows to S2 to run along the embankment, becoming dual once more just in time for another roundabout, after which the road crosses the Queen Elizabeth Bridge (although it used to cross the adjacent Wellington Suspension Bridge, now closed to traffic).

The A945 is met at the next roundabout on the left bank of the river and the A956 turns right to follow the river into the docks and a set of traffic lights where it turns left. It runs along Market Street to TOTSO right at another set of lights at the eastern end of the A93. Now leaving the docks behind, there is another TOTSO from Virginia Street onto Commerce Street. After a roundabout, from where an unclassified road leads to the coast, the A956 meets the eastern end of the A96 at lights and TOTSOs right.

Ellon Road, Bridge of Don

Now heading northwards once more, the road is now S2 for much of the rest of its route. It follows a straight road through the northern suburbs and past the old town before widening again just before crossing the Bridge of Don. A couple of roundabouts later the A90 comes in from the west taking over the A956's northerly route. The road ends here.

History / Future

The A956 came into being in 1924 when it took over the B982, which ran from the A92 in Charlestown to the A945 on the northern side of Aberdeen's Victoria Bridge. It was later moved to cross the Dee further upstream.

Following the rerouting of the A92 (now A90) onto the relief road, the A956 was extended north along that road's former route as far as Bridge of Don.

As part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project it was extended west from Charleston to Cleanhill, continuing to provide a link to the A90. This link opened 12/12/18.

ProjectsAberdeen Western Peripheral Route
JunctionsCharleston Interchange • Cleanhill Roundabout • Kings Bar • Parkway Roundabout (Aberdeen)
CrossingsAberdeen - Lerwick and Kirkwall Ferry • Bridge of Don • Queen Elizabeth Bridge (Aberdeen)
RoadsNorth East Coastal Trail
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A956 AWPR - Charleston Junction - 40 mph speed limit.jpgA956 AWPR - Charleston Junction - looking West.JPGA956 AWPR - Cleanhill Rounadbout approach.jpgA956 AWPR - Greenloaning overbridge looking East.jpgWellington Road, Aberdeen - Geograph - 3177049.jpg
Other nearby roads
AberdeenA90 • A9011 • A9012 • A9013 • A92 • A93 • A93/History • A943 • A944 • A945 • A946 • A947 • A96 • A974 • A978 • Angus Coastal Tourist Route • B9077 • B9119 • B979 • B982 • B983 • B984 • B985 • B985 (Carden Place) • B986 • B987 (Aberdeen) • B988 • B989 • B990 • B991 • B997 • B999 • C127C (Aberdeen) • C154C (Aberdeen) • C155C (Aberdeen) • C156C (Aberdeen) • C157C (Aberdeen) • C158C (Aberdeen) • C159C (Aberdeen) • C20C (Aberdeen) • C21C (Aberdeen) • C48C (Aberdeen) • C5K (Aberdeen) • C88C (Aberdeen) • C8K (Aberdeen) • Deeside Tourist Route • E120 (Old System) • EuroVelo 1 • EuroVelo 12 • Highland Tourist Route • NCN1 • NCN195 • North East 250 • North East Coastal Trail • T100 (Britain) • T30 (Britain)
A900 • A901 • A902 • A903 • A904 • A905 • A906 • A907 • A908 • A909 • A910 • A911 • A912 • A913 • A914 • A915 • A916 • A917 • A918 • A919

A920 • A921 • A922 • A923 • A924 • A925 • A926 • A927 • A928 • A929 • A930 • A931 • A932 • A933 • A934 • A935 • A936 • A937 • A938 • A939
A940 • A941 • A942 • A943 • A944 • A945 • A946 • A947 • A948 • A949 • A950 • A951 • A952 • A953 • A954 • A955 • A956 • A957 • A958 • A959
A960 • A961 • A962 • A963 • A964 • A965 • A966 • A967 • A968 • A969 • A970 • A971 • A972 • A973 • A974 • A975 • A976 • A977 • A978 • A979
A980 • A981 • A982 • A983 • A984 • A985 • A986 • A987 • A988 • A989 • A990 • A991 • A992 • A993 • A994 • A995 • A996 • A997 • A998 • A999

Defunct Itineries: A920 (Perth) • A920 (Banff) • A921 (Perth) • A921 (Fife) • A922 • A949 • A951 • A968 • A982