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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Cortachy Road (NO377545)
To:  St Malcolm's Wynd (NO383539)
Via:  Glengate
Distance:  0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Meets:  B955, B957
Former Number(s):  A926
Old route now:  B957
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Route outline (key)
B956 Link in Kirriemuir
B956 (Spur) Lochmill

The B956 is a short B-road in the Angus town of Kirriemuir with a complicated history.


Approaching the B955

Today the route starts on the western edge of town on the B955 Cortachy Road and heads east along the residential Kinnordy Road. The almost parallel Lochmill to the west is also part of the B956, and it also starts on the B955, but at a near hairpin TOTSO junction, this being a result of the complicated history. The two spurs meet at a fork junction and continue south east along Glengate into the centre of town. Eventually the B956 reaches a T-junction on the B957 one-way loop in the town centre, where it comes to an end.


Kirriemuir in 1923

When first classified in 1922, the B956 number was used for the short Bank Street to the east of Kirriemuir town centre leading to the town's railway terminus. This seems to be depicted on the MOT map, although the scale makes it difficult to be sure. Subsequently, it appears that as well as going to the station, which was situated at the eastern end of Marywell Brae, the B956 turned north onto School Wynd to reach the B957. This was certainly the case in the mid 1960s, as depicted on the OS One Inch sheets, although the 1:2500 sheets from 1966 do not show the road to the (now closed) station as being the B956. However, there are very few maps from the intervening period at a scale which shows the road number, so the precise chronology is difficult to pin down.

When the A926 was re-routed to the south of the town centre, its original long loop to the north became part of the B955 for the western arm and the B956 for the eastern arm. Whether the two parts of the B956 ever coexisted, however, is uncertain. The OS 1:2500 sheet shows that Kinnordy Road was also previously a spur of the B955, although normally marked as an un-numbered B road, while the A926 still looped around the town. The original route of the B956 along Bank Street, and School Wynd, is now part of the B957 town centre one way system, while the spur to the former station is unclassified.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Branch to Kirriemuir Station

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Road Junction of B956 and B951 - Geograph - 1119210.jpgKirriemuir town centre.jpgSign, Bank Street, Kirriemuir.jpg
Other nearby roads
A926 • A928 • B951 • B955 • B957
B900 – B999
B900 • B901 • B902 • B903 • B904 • B905 • B906 • B907 • B908 • B909 • B910 • B911 • B912 • B913 • B914 • B915 • B916 • B917 • B918 • B919
B920 • B921 • B922 • B923 • B924 • B925 • B926 • B927 • B928 • B929 • B930 • B931 • B932 • B933 • B934 • B935 • B936 • B937 • B938 • B939
B940 • B941 • B942 • B943 • B944 • B945 • B946 • B947 • B948 • B949 • B950 • B951 • B952 • B953 • B954 • B955 • B956 • B957 • B958 • B959
B960 • B961 • B962 • B963 • B964 • B965 • B966 • B967 • B968 • B969 • B970 • B971 • B972 • B973 • B974 • B975 • B976 • B977 • B978 • B979
B980 • B981 • B982 • B983 • B984 • B985 • B986 • B987 • B988 • B989 • B990 • B991 • B992 • B993 • B994 • B995 • B996 • B997 • B998 • B999
Former versions: B902 • B906 • B907(W) • B907(E) • B911 • B912 • B924(E) • B924(W) • B937 • B944 • B947
B953 • B963 • B969 • B973 • B974 • B975 • B976 • B978 • B980 • B981 • B983 • B984 • B985 (1) • B985 (2) • B987 • B988 • B991 • B995 • B996 • B998

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