|Location Map ( geo)|
|Junctions related to the B9174|
Tain Junction is the southerly of the two main junctions on the Tain Bypass. The bypass was built in the 1980s to take the A9 out of the historic town of Tain, with its narrow streets, and follows a new alignment to the west of the town, although the town has since grown out to fill much of the land inside the bypass, and is starting to overspill to the east as well. The old line of the A9 through Tain is now taken by the B9174, which forks off to the right at this junction.
The B9174 has been turned to meet the bypass at right angles, with the old line of the A9 extending south of the junction in a long convergance with the new road. There is a long right turn lane in the centre of the A9, which can accommodate lots of turning traffic, so minimising delays on the bypass from queuing traffic. Curiously, despite it being an effective U Turn, there is also a long deceleration slip on the southbound A9 for left turning traffic into Tain. This predates the construction of the Asda store at the junction, which has significantly increased left turning traffic.
|Thurso, Wick (A99)|
|Tain, Local Services||Former A9|