|To:||East Finglassie (NT264994)|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A92, A911, B921|
|Route outline (key)|
The B969 is a link road in Glenrothes. The road dates to the growth of the New Town in the 1970s.
The road starts to the north of the town on the A92, where a gap in the central reservation provides access to/from the southbound carriageway. From here the B969 heads southwest along Western Avenue, one of those typical new-town distributors where the verge on the left-hand side looks suspiciously wide. A couple of bridges also provide space for the unbuilt other carriageway (see History below). We cross a couple of roundabouts providing access to residential areas, although few buildings are actually visible from the B969.
After crossing the A911 at another roundabout the road continues south, now apparently planned as S2 as is obvious when we cross the River Leven. A few roundabouts later the road ends at a large roundabout on the B921, where the other road would have been grade-separated.
The B969 in Glenrothes has a complex history. The first use of the number in the new town appears to have been for Leslie Road and Queensway, the current line of the A911, as shown on the 1976 OS Landrange Map. A few years later, the route included Pitteuchar Drive and Rothes Road, although it is not clear if these two routes existed simultaneously. This route lay to the east of the current line, running south from the A911 in the town centre to the B921 at the Stenton Roundabout. By the mid 1980s, this had been extended north, after a multiplex along the A911, to reach the A92. This section followed the current route. Later still, the current southern route was built on what was largely a green stripe through the sprawling housing estates that had presumably been left for the purpose. Nevertheless, some of the route seems to have been across the school playing field, and a new bridge over the River Leven was required.
Of the current route, the entire road was originally planned to be a dual carriageway called the Western Freeway. All the junctions would have been grade-separated apart from Tanshall Roundabout, which wasn't in the original plans. The junction with the A92 would also have been grade-separated but this was changed to an at-grade junction early on. Glenrothes suffered a similar fate to other new towns of the period where the road network was scaled back owing to the town's not reaching its anticipated size.
Look carefully though and there are remnants of the original proposals to be seen in places. At Pitcoudie Roundabout the distinct curvature of Formonthills Road is based on the shape of the planned slip road for the northbound carriageway.