|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Bridge of Don (NJ947107)|
|Distance:||11.2 miles (18 km)|
|Meets:||A90, A92, A945, A93, A9013, A96, B990, A978, B997, A92|
|Former Number(s):||B982, A945, A92|
|Route outline (key)|
The A956 forms the southern leg of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, and thereafter continues as a major through route through Aberdeen through Tullos and the City Centre, terminating on the A92 at Bridge of Don in the north of the city.
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, running down King Street.
Now heading northwards once more, the road is now a wide S2 with bus lanes for much of the rest of its route. It follows King Street, a straight road through the northern suburbs and past the old town, where we meet the A978 at a roundabout, before widening again just before crossing the Bridge of Don, where we follow Ellon Road. Once the bridge is crossed, we meet the B997 at a signal controlled crossroads serving Bridge of Don to the left and a housing estate to the right. An afternoon peak-hours right turn ban operates here Northbound, as right turning traffic causes delays for those heading out of the city. We then reach a former roundabout, now a signal controlled junction, again serving Bridge of Don. After a short section of dual carriageway, formerly NSL but now dropped to 40mph in the 2000s, we meet the A92 at Exhibition Centre roundabout, where the A956 terminates. The A92 TOTSOs here, coming in from the West on the left but taking over the line of the A956 northwards.
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 onto the relief road, the A956 was extended north along that road's former route as far as Bridge of Don.
- The A956 Trunk Road (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Cleanhill to Charleston) (Prohibitions and Restrictions) Regulations 2019 - These Regulations make provision for the regulation of traffic using that part of the A956 - Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Trunk Road being the special road section of the A956 known as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (“AWPR”).
- The A956 Trunk Road (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Cleanhill to Charleston) (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2019 - Regulations providing prohibition of turns and speed limits, primarily at junctions