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Dumfries and Galloway
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A74(M), A75
Places related to the A74(M)
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Gretna is a Scottish village, just north of the English border and at the head of the Solway Firth. The village is perhaps world famous for being a place to get married, as in the past it was legal to elope from England and be married in Scotland, without the same restrictions as couples would have had south of the border. Whilst this did genuinely happen, the romantic nature of the story has perhaps exaggerated it somewhat. Nevertheless, the village has grown primarily around this story, and is still a popular wedding location, and also enjoys a thriving tourist industry.

The two roads through the village have both now been rerouted to bypass Gretna and Gretna Green. The former A74 has moved east to become the A74(M) motorway, its old route being the B7076. South of the border, the motorway becomes the M6, which runs south through England to Carlisle and beyond. The A75 has also been moved out of the village to the north, and the old route it now the B721. The B721 previously ran a little further north, through Gretna Green and Springfield. To the east of the village, the A6071 used to meet the A74 at Springfield, but it too has been re-routed and now meets the motorway south of Gretna, right on the border.

Despite being a small village, Gretna now effectively has three junctions on the motorway. Approaching from the south, the first is south facing slips connecting to the A6071 immediately south of the border. This is also the start of the B7076, which we shall meet again. The next is south facing slips for the A75, which is therefore under motorway restrictions for the first few hundred metres. Sliproads connect the A75 with the B7076. Finally, there are two north facing slips, albeit separated by a short distance. These also connect to the B7076, the northbound onslip being a short spur.


Route To Notes


The SOUTH, Carlisle begins just south of the border. formerly A74


Glasgow, Edinburgh formerly A74


Dumfries, Stranraer


Longtown doesn't enter Scotland, though used to


Annan formerly A75


(Springfield), Kirkpatrick Fleming formerly A74


Glasgow, Edinburgh unsigned, uses A74(M)


The SOUTH, Carlisle unsigned, uses M6


Dumfries, Stranraer unsigned, uses A75


The SOUTH, Carlisle unsigned, uses M6


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Black & White verion of A74-The Border. - Coppermine - 3628.jpgM6 sign at Gretna - Coppermine - 2392.JPGJunction 22 on the M74 - Geograph - 1868030.jpgA74(M) J22 sign in Scotland. - Coppermine - 3519.JPGOne third of a mile south of junction 45 on the M6 - Geograph - 1868007.jpg
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