|Location Map ( geo)|
|Dumfries and Galloway|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|Places related to the A74(M)|
|Abington • Gretna|
|Places related to the A709|
Lockerbie is a pleasant small town in eastern Dumfriesshire which has an unfortunate recent past. Despite this, the town is a bustling place, with plenty of shops and services, and a range of industrial sites in the area, taking advantage of the motorway to access the rest of the country. It is not really a touristy town, although the hilly countryside to the east towards Eskdale is good walking country. In addition to the local industry, the town is also close enough to Dumfries and even Carlisle for commuting.
The main route past Lockerbie is the A74(M) which bypasses the town to the west. This has replaced the A74 which once passed through the town The original route of the A74 is now an extension of both the B723 and B7068. The later bypass is now the B7076. The B723 runs north to south, from Eskdalemuir to Annan on the coast, whilst the B7068 has come from Langholm on the A7 to the east. The B7076 largely follows the former route of the A74 north from Gretna, before giving way to the B7078 at Abington. Lockerbie is supplied with a full access motorway junction on the B7068 north of the town, whilst to the south there are south facing slips only on the B723.
The only other classified road in Lockerbie is the A709, which heads north east from Dumfries to the town. Due to the quirks of the history of the roads in the town, the A709 now terminates on the B723 in the town centre, without any direct connection to the motorway. It crosses both the A74(M) and B7076 to the west of Lockerbie, having a link road connecting it to the latter, but to reach the motorway travellers need to follow B roads north or south.
|The North, Glasgow, Edinburgh||E05|
|The South, Carlisle||E05|
|Johnstonebridge, Beattock||formerly A74|