|From:||Customs roundabout (NS796944)|
|To:||Craigs roundabout (NS799931)|
|Via:||Union Street, Goosecroft Road|
|Distance:||1 miles (1.6 km)|
|Meets:||A9, A84, A905, A9|
|Former Number(s):||A84, B8078, A811|
|Old route now:||B8051|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8052 is a short link road in Stirling city centre.
Starting on the A9 at the Customs Roundabout, the B8052 heads south west along Union Street and then swings round into Cowane Street and then Goosecroft Road. We pass the station on the left, with the A9 running in a tunnel under the access road. We then pass the bus station and run under the Thistle Centre before reaching the Craigs Roundabout, where we return to the A9.
The B8052 came to the area around 1930 but was originally much shorter. Prior to the rerouting of the A9 around Stirling's city centre, and the associated rerouting of the A84, the B8052 followed Union Street alone, at barely 100 m in length. At the time this was obviously a useful shortcut, but it is doubtful that much long distance traffic used it, as it could have avoided Stirling completely by using the A820 to the north.
Completion of the A9 throughpass extended the B8052 south along the original eastern end of the A84 to its terminus on Wallace Street, and then the old A9 southwards. There was a multiplex along the A811 between Station Road and Upper Craigs, then the B8052 reappeared to follow the pre-bypass A9 to the southern end of the bypass in St Ninian's.
The northern end of Goosecroft Road was built new at the same time as the present A9 and originally had the B8078 number, whilst the southern end was renumbered from the B9111 to A811 at the same time. This situation didn't last long, however, and the B8052 was quickly rerouted this way. At the same time it was curtailed by the A811 and so the B8051 was extended along the southern part of the vacated route.