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Leith is the historic port for Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, and lies on the south shore of the Forth. Centered around the mouth of the Water of Leith, the extensive docks of the Port of Leith are still an important port in Scotland, whilst the harbour at Granton to the west is now an busy haven for yachts. Since the building of Edinburghs New Town over 200 years ago, Leith has been part of the capital's urban area, and much of the riverside is now a popular business district with offices mixed with restaurants, bars and cafes. Blocks of luxury flats can also be found, and the new Ocean Terminal shopping centre is also the home of the former Royal Yacht Britannia.

Whilst the A1, A7 and A8 all meet (more or less) in the centre of Edinburgh, Leith lies at the northern end of the 1-/9-zone boundary. From the city centre, the A900 forms the boundary, running north east along Leith Walk to meet the A199 near the docks. The A199 continues a short distance West, either extending into Zone 9, or forming the boundary itself, and meets the A901 near the ocean terminal, the A901 then completing the triangle back to the A900. This triangle, and the land to the north towards the docks forms the main business centre of Leith.

The A901 continues west, running along the shore to Granton, where it terminates, along with the A903 at Granton Square. There were possibly once plans to further develop the area beyond Granton through Silverknowes to Cramond, but precise details of what was planned are yet to be found. The curious dual carriageway section of Marine Drive is all that survives on the ground. Back in Leith, the A902 starts on the A901 alongside Junction Bridge over the Water of Leith and heads west to the A90, eventually forming the northern end of the city bypass. South of the river, the B900 also runs west from the A902, into Edinburgh's New Town.

Leith in 1922

Very little has changed in Leith since classification in 1922. In the 60s the A199 was extended along Commercial Street, crossing the A900 to reach the A901, filling an obvious gap in the network, and that's about it, other than the primary status of the Edinburgh ring road (A199-A902) appearing and disappearing.


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Portobello, Musselburgh, Berwick upon Tweed (A1)


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Forth Road Bridge (A90), Glasgow (M8)



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