|To:||Bridge of Don (NJ947107)|
|Distance:||11.2 miles (18 km)|
|Meets:||A90, A92, A945, A93, A9013, A96, A978, A90|
|Former Number(s):||B982, A945, A92|
|Route outline (key)|
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.
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.