Etna Road Roundabout
|Etna Road Roundabout|
The Etna Road Roundabout was built in the early 1990s when the A9 was rerouted around the north of Falkirk. Much of the route used an old railway line, but this eastern flank was new build, as indeed is Etna Road which was extended out to meet the new roundabout. To start with, the roundabout was a simple 3-arm junction, with the A9 running north-south, and Etna Road heading west into the industrial areas. The fourth arm was built as a stub, but it wasn't until the early 2010s that this stub was utilised as the main access to the new Helix Park.
The Helix Park had already started developing earlier in the century, but it was the erection of the Kelpies - the impressive structures alongside the M9 - that led to a new visitor access leading to plentiful car parks and facilities. Falkirk has successfully transformed what was once a dirty, industrial canal basin into a high quality destination, for the second time (the Falkirk Wheel has done the same on the other side of the town). As such, the car parks can often be full and the paths along the canal and through the park crowded with families, joggers and others. This all makes this new exit on the roundabout very busy at times.
|Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Camelon, Bankside Indus. Estate, Falkirk Wheel, Mariner Centre|
|Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh (M9), Grangemouth (A904)|
|Middlefield Ind. Estate|
|Helix Park & Kelpies|