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|Junctions related to the A902|
Maybury Junction is a traffic light-controlled junction on the A8 coming out of Edinburgh. Its main purpose is to link the A8 with the A902 which provides access to north Edinburgh via Barnton Junction. It also provides access to Turnhouse Road, which is now a service road for Edinburgh Airport but was formerly the start of the A9 to Stirling and points north. To the south, nearby access roads let westbound traffic turn into the Marriott Hotel and a warehouse store which has had a succession of owners.
The junction is very busy, with traffic heading into town often backed up from the nearby Gogar Roundabout at the end of the A720 bypass. Although the Gogar Roundabout has four lanes, two lanes from the roundabout plus two from the A8 are forced into just two lanes in total before Maybury Junction. Ideally, traffic from the bypass would skip the junction entirely and link up directly with the A90; instead it is forced to merge with vehicles from the airport heading into town. Traffic from the city heading to the Gyle Centre, a big covered shopping mall just to the south, is also forced through the Maybury Junction and then round Gogar. The presence of the mainline railway (and now tramline) explain some of the bottlenecks but cannot be the only reason.
One building of note at the junction is the former Maybury Roadhouse. This opened in 1936 and provided drivers a place to stop and have a drink, a meal, and a dance till 1am. It is built in a strikingly modern art deco style, with tall windows and curved walls painted white. Its presence attracted criticism from the Church of Scotland, but soon proved enormously popular, even though it was used as a gun emplacement during World War II. After decay in the 1970s and 80s, the building is now restored as a casino.
Maybury Road was built as the A902 in the 1920s. Even before that, the junction was important as the fork of the A8 and A9 westbound.
|Stirling (M9), Edinburgh Park, Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Airport, Ingliston, Broxburn, Bathgate, City Bypass (A720), Glasgow, Livingston (M8)|
|City Centre, City Centre Attractions, Corstorphine, Murrayfield|
|Forth Road Bridge, Barnton, Air Cargo, Edinburgh North (A90), Leith (A902)|