|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Old Aberdeen (NJ942084)|
|To:||Holburn Junction, Aberdeen (NJ933057)|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Met:||A956, B991, A96, B986, A9012, A9011, A944, B983, B9119, A9013|
|Now part of:||B991|
|Route outline (key)|
The A978 formed part of an inner bypass for Aberdeen. Although the southern section of the road, connecting back to the A956 to the south of the city centre, appeared to be missing, the A978 does have both ends on the original line of the A92, hence no further section of the A978 was deemed necessary.
The road started at the School Road/St Machar Drive roundabout on the A956 King Street in Old Aberdeen. It progressed westward along and up St Machar Drive, passing the University of Aberdeen before meeting the B991 Bedford Road at a roundabout. It continued west from here, passing St Machar Academy, up to a roundabout with the A96. It crossed over the A96 here and then progressed south west along Leslie Road, passing the University of Aberdeen's Hilton Campus before reaching the surprisingly small Six Roads Roundabout, which is the junction with the A9012 and three unclassified roads.
The road then headed south along Westburn Drive, meeting the A9011 Ashgrove Road West at traffic lights, then meeting the A944 Westburn Drive at another set of lights. It then continued to head south, meeting the B983 Midstocket Road/Rosemount Place at lights again. The route then continued down Craigie Loanings and onto Albert Street, before having to TOTSO right onto Victoria Street then left at a T-junction onto Alford Place. It ended on the A9013 at the signalised Union Street/Holburn junction.
It should be noted that the A978 was signed from the A956, but nowhere else along the route, except for a sign giving distances on St Machar Drive westbound. There was once a similar distance sign on Leslie Road, along with a signpost on the Six Roads roundabout, but these were replaced with generic white signs indicting the route to Old Aberdeen and the University. There was definitely no mention on the ground anywhere south of the Six Roads roundabout.
The A978 lost its number in 2020 following a significant reclassification of routes within Aberdeen. The section of road along St Machar Drive now forms the B991.
Original Author(s): Michael Anazapela