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Bearsden Cross

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Bearsden Cross
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Highway Authority
East Dunbartonshire
Junction Type
Signalised crossroads
Roads Joined
A808, A809
Junctions related to the A809
Approaching on the A808

Bearsden Cross is pretty much the centre of Bearsden, with the small shopping area leading off to the north and east. The name Bearsden actually is pronounced 'Bears Den', and refers to the time when Bears were still found wild in Scotland. However, the history of this location goes back many centuries earlier. The A808 leading off to the east is a very short road today, but it is named 'Roman Road', which suggests a long history. Indeed, not far along are the remains of a Roman Bath house, to serve the fort that controlled this stretch of the Antonine Wall, and the road is the Military Way Roman Road that linked all of the wall forts together.

Leaping back to the present, Bearsden Cross today is a fairly ordinary busy urban crossroads. It is controlled by traffic lights because of the narrow roads, preventing turning lanes or any other form of junction. The A809 comes up from Canniesburn Toll to the south and continues north to Drymen, while the A808 as already mentioned is barely half a mile long, and connects to the A81 south of Milngavie.


Route To Notes


Milngavie (A81)




Drymen (A811), Duntocher, Hardgate (A810)

Bearsden Cross
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