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From:  Linlithgow (NT005771)
To:  Kirkliston (NT125745)
Distance:  7.8 miles (12.6 km)
Meets:  A803, B8046, B8020, B800
Former Number(s):  A9
Highway Authorities

Edinburgh • West Lothian

Traditional Counties

West Lothian

Route outline (key)
B9080 Linlithgow - Kirkliston
B9080 Kirkliston - North Gyle
This article is about the current B9080 in West Lothian.
For the original, that ran between Bay of Ulsta and Cullivoe in Shetland and is now part of the B9081, see B9080 (Bay of Ulsta - Cullivoe)

The B9080 provides an alternative back route between Linlithgow and Kirkliston as well as serving as the main access route to the town of Winchburgh. It follows the original route of the A9 in West Lothian, before that route was downgraded following the arrival of the M9 in the early 1970s.


The B9080 begins at a mini-roundabout in the centre of Linlithgow, where it meets the A803 in front of a supermarket at the eastern end of the High Street with its collection of beautiful old buildings. Heading East along High Port, it very quickly passes under the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway as a single-track traffic-light-controlled section linked into the otherwise blind T-junction immediately beyond. It then climbs up Back Station Road, a stone lined chasm between the railway embankment and a converted old industrial building opposite to head into a more residential area. Soon, however, the outskirts of Linlithgow are reached and as the B9080 becomes Edinburgh Road it turns to pass under the Union Canal, leaving the town behind.

As the route heads eastwards across undulating fields, there are a series of rows of roadside houses, which seem to be loosely brought together under the name of Kingscavil, or maybe just the extremities of Linlithgow. The road is wide and reasonably straight, as befits the former route of the A9, and the short NSL sections are often quiet enough for good progress to be made. Blocks of trees to either side of the road mark the grounds of Champfleurie House, which sits back on the left, and the next right leads down to the small village of Bridgend. A little further along the route reaches Threemiletown, where the B8046 crosses at a lengthy staggered crossroads. On the far side of the hamlet the route passes through heavily wooded farmland before reaching the outskirts of the growing town of Winchburgh.

Vast new housing estates are being built around Winchburgh, which was until recently only a small village. The B9080 enters on Edinburgh Road, and sweeps left to a signalised crossroads. The road ahead will ultimately lead to the M9 at recently completed Junction 1B, but is currently a dead end serving the new houses. The B9080 TOTSOs right here to stay on Edinburgh Road, becoming Main Street. After going over the Union Canal it passes through the old centre of Winchburgh, where the B8020 comes in from the right and the two routes multiplex east through the town centre and past some traditional terraced mining cottages. As Main Street curves to the left in front of the old school, the B8020 turns off to the left, leaving the B9080 to continue alone.

The rural B9080 heading towards Kirkliston

There are only a few more houses before Winchburgh is left behind for now, although more housing and another link to the new motorway junction are being built. The route then turns back to head east across the fields, passing over the M9. A long straight across open farmland follows, before the route passes under the M90, at the entrance to Kirkliston. Although hidden by a big hedge, there are houses on the right backing onto the motorway embankment, accessed from a mini-roundabout. Stirling Road then leads into the town proper, becoming Main Street as it passes through a typical suburban residential area. The more traditional Victorian town centre follows, where the B9080 ends at a traffic-light-controlled crossroads, with the B800.

Ahead to the east, the original route of the A9 continues as an unclassified road but now comes to an end at the emergency access gates to Edinburgh Airport. A small roundabout is provided at the junction just before Boathouse Bridge over the River Almond. The old A9 route reappears on the far side of the runway and follows Turnhouse Road to the A8 in North Gyle.


The B9080 first came in to existence following the opening of the first section of the M9 in November 1970. At this point, it started on the A8 and headed north west around the north of the original Airport site and through Kirkliston. It then came to an end at a temporary terminus on the motorway just east of Winchburgh. When the next section of the M9 opened at the end of 1972 the B9080 was extended west along the former A9 to Linlithgow. Work on the expansion of Edinburgh Airport began the following year, and so the B9080 will only have extended from the A8 to Linlithgow for a matter of months before it was severed by works to construct the new runway. At this point, or very soon after, the B9080 was truncated in Kirkliston, where it still terminates.

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