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West Lothian

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West Lothian
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Primary Destinations
Forth Road Bridge
Other Important Destinations
Linlithgow • Livingston
Current Highway Authorities
Edinburgh Council • Falkirk Council • West Lothian Council
Fife • Lanarkshire • Midlothian • Stirlingshire
Transport Scotland Roads
M8 • M9 • M90
This article is about the County.
For the Highway Authority, see West Lothian Council

West Lothian, which is also known as Linlithgowshire after the county town, is a traditional county in the central belt of Scotland. It is the smallest of the 3 Lothian counties, although boundary changes for the modern West Lothian Council have seen its size increase dramatically, with a large part of western Midlothian annexed. A small area around Queensferry is covered by Edinburgh Council and a small area around Bo'Ness is covered by Falkirk Council.

Geography & Economy

The B7015 in the rural south

This small county is heavily urbanised, with Bathgate, Queensferry, Bo'ness, Linlithgow and parts of the new town of Livingston all within its borders, as well as a number of smaller towns and villages. In between, the land is relatively flat and predominantly farmland, although there are areas of former coal mining and a lot of industry. The presence of the M8 running across the south of the county has led to the towns alongside almost coalescing into a ribbon development of housing and commercial and industrial estates.

The north of the county, despite being on the M9 corridor, is comparatively undeveloped. The 3 main towns all have an element of tourism, with the old royal palace at Linlithgow, the steam railway at Bo'Ness and Queensferry with its views of the Bridges amongst the attractions. A coastal trail along the Forth links many of these sites together. With the county sitting between nearby Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is prime commuter belt, but as noted above there is a lot of employment within the county as well.


The M9 near Linlithgow

West Lothian has good road networks along the two motorway corridors, but the hillier interior of the county is less well served, with just a few minor roads. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most routes seem to lead to Edinburgh, although the important Glasgow to Edinburgh corridor carries by far the most traffic in the county, perhaps in the whole of Scotland.

The countys most striking landmarks are the 3 bridges across the Forth, which include the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, connecting Fife to the Capital City. Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by West Lothian Council, with Edinburgh Council and Falkirk Council also covering small areas. The only Trunk routes are the motorways, which are managed by Transport Scotland.

Route From To Length
M8 Edinburgh, Midlothian Bishopton, Renfrewshire 61 miles View
M9 Edinburgh Dunblane 32 miles View
M90 Kirkilston Perth 28.7 miles View   
A8 Edinburgh Greenock 68.8 miles View
A89 Glasgow Newbridge 35.5 miles View
A90 Edinburgh Fraserburgh 146 miles View
A705 Livingston Whitburn 7.4 miles View
A706 Borrowstounness Lanark 28.5 miles View
A767 Uphall Mid Calder 2.8 miles View
A779 Bathgate Livingston 2.2 miles View
A800 Bathgate Couston Crossroads 2.0 miles View
A801 East Whitburn Polmont 8.9 miles View
A803 Glasgow Champany 33.3 miles View
A899 Burnside Dedridge 6.5 miles View
A904 Queensferry Falkirk 17.6 miles View
A993 Muirhouses Kinneil 2.6 miles View
A7002 Bathgate East Whitburn 0.9 miles View
A7066 Boghead Roundabout Boghall Roundabout 2.6 miles View
A8000 Almondhill Queensferry 1.7 miles View
A9000 Echline Ferrytoll 2.6 miles View  
B707 Mid Calder Philpstoun 7.2 miles View
B708 Armadale Bathgate 1.9 miles View
B708 Bathgate Livingston 2.0 miles View
B718 Harthill Blackridge 1.8 miles View
B792 West Calder Wester Woodside 7.7 miles View
B800 Newbridge Queensferry 3.3 miles View
B902 Queensferry Bo'ness 10.7 miles View
B903 Champany Blackness 1.7 miles View
B904 Polmont Grangemouth Refinery 1.8 miles View
B907 Ferrymuir Road High Sreet 0.5 miles View
B924 Dalmeny Queensferry (W) 3.2 miles View
B7002 Bathgate Whiteside 1.8 miles View
B7010 Stane Longridge 5.6 miles View
B7015 Wilkieston Fauldhouse 14.9 miles View
B7066 Carfin Whitburn 12.5 miles View
B7067 Heartlands Whitburn 0.9 miles View
B7069 Heartlands Whitburn 0.9 miles View
B8020 Broxburn Woodend 4.0 miles View
B8028 Falkirk Couston 8.7 miles View
B8029 Baldeston Linlithgow 1.3 miles View
B8046 Mid Calder Old Philpstoun 8.8 miles View
B8047 Westfield Torphichen 2.4 miles View
B8084 Blamuir Whitburn 3.7 miles View
B9035 Queensferry Easter Dalmeny 2.5 miles View
B9080 Linlithgow Kirkliston 7.8 miles View
B9109 The Binns Blackness 0.9 miles View
B9110 Muirhouses Kinneil 2.5 miles View     
T1 London Scrabster View
T27 Edinburgh Glasgow View


Primary Route
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E Road
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Roman Road
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National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in West Lothian

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in West Lothian

West Lothian
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