|Perth Inner Ring Road|
|From:||Perth Railway Station (NO112231)|
|To:||Perth Railway Station (NO112231)|
|Via:||Town Centre Loop|
|Length:||2 miles (3.2 km)|
|Meets:||A912, A93, A85, A93, A989|
|Former Number(s):||A90, A920, A85|
|Route outline (key)|
The A989 is a complete ring road around the centre of Perth, but it is all single-carriageway and was built up with fragments of other roads, rather than new, purpose build. The exact date when the road was created is unclear, but the 1980s or early 1990s seems to be the best guess based on old road atlases.
Perth Inner Ring Road
Starting at the south-west corner, next to the railway station and proceeding anti-clockwise, the A989 runs due eastwards under the Perth to Dundee railway line and along Kings Place and then Marshall Place. South Inch Park is on the right for this entire stretch, and the railway line a little to the north. Halfway along Marshall Place, we come to the junction with the A912, which used to be the A90 until the M90 replaced that route.
At the end of Marshall Place, we come to a T junction and the A989 turns northwards onto Tay Street along the bank of the River Tay. We soon come to the junction with the A93 which crosses over the Tay on South Street Bridge to terminate at this junction.
The next junction is with the A85, which has crossed the River Tay on Bridge Lane. The next section, around the north side of Perth, along Charlotte Street and Atholl Street, used to be the A85, but the A85 is now the junior partner in the multiplex with the A989. At the next major junction, the A85 carries on north-westwards on Barrack Street. This used to be the A9 (with the A85 multiplexing for a short distance), but was renumbered when the A9 Perth bypass was built. The A989 meanwhile turns southwards onto Caledonian Road.
Travelling southwards along the western side of the ring road, we come to the junction with the A93 (former A9) on York Place. The last section of the A989 takes back to the railway station, where the A989 does a dogleg around the station, incorporating St. Andrew Street (east-west) and then Leonard Street (north-south), before turning again onto Kings Place and the start of our journey.
The whole of the A989 Perth Ring Road is less than 2 miles long, but has a rather confused history incorporating the A9 and A85. The sketch map to the left shows the original road layout of the town; the A989 has now taken over three sides of the rectangular road layout, with the western section (which ran along Methven Street and King Street) now unclassified as the A989 runs further west.
Various roads in Perth's inner ring had already been made one-way (although not in an obvious ring) before the A989 came into being. The loop was expanded slightly to serve the station and all roads within the ring were declassified. The A989 is now two-way in its entirety.
Original Author(s): Jim Cobb