|From:||Davidson's Mains (NT206751)|
|To:||Crewe Toll (NT229757)|
|Via:||Quality Street, Ferry Road (west)|
|Length:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9085 is a suburban road in north west Edinburgh.
The road starts on the A90 at the large signalised junction at Davidson's Mains and heads north up Quality Street. After less than a quarter of a mile it swings right at a mini roundabout into Main Street. An odd scattering of shops is interspersed with houses to start with, but these soon peter out and the road becomes entirely residential again. Before long the road crosses a disused railway line (now a cycle track) on a bridge and drops down to a roundabout.
The roundabout is unusual, in that the B9085, Main Street, approaches parallel with Silverknowes Road East, and both are directly opposite the only other arm, Ferry Road. Ferry Road is the route of the B9085 as it continues east, city-bound. The route is almost dead-straight, passing through a variety of council housing, starting with flats built in the 1960s and 1970s, but slowly changing to inter-war houses. All are set back from the main road, with service roads providing access, and separated by wide lawns or rows of trees. The exceptions to this are the schools and health centre on the north side of the road, and a little further on the short shopping parade on the south, where a parking area replaces the trees.
After about a mile, the road kinks to the north, eating into the grass area as it widens for the signalised junction with West Granton Access, a new road following an old docks branch of Edinburgh's railway system. We turn right to passing under a footbridge which has replaced the old railway bridge, after which the B9085 quickly reaches its end at the Crewe Toll Roundabout on the A902.
Much of the road lies on the old route from Leith to South Queensferry, which ran along Ferry Road to Davidson's Mains, then north of the present A90 Queensferry Road through what is now luxurious suburban housing to the old Cramond bridge near Barnton. However, with the opening of the existing line of the A90 as a wide, fast route and the downgrading of roads in Barnton, it makes sense to connect with that road.
The B9085 was originally the route of the A902, a situation that survived well into the 1960s before the A902 was re-routed south onto the former A982. However, apart from a few extra junctions and traffic lights, very little seems to have changed since.