A8 road (Scotland)

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A8 road
A8 road map.png
Route information
Part of Tabliczka E05.svg E05, Tabliczka E15.svg E15 and Tabliczka E16.svg E16
Length: 42.9 mi (69.0 km)
Major junctions
East end: Edinburgh
55°57′00″N 3°12′27″W / 55.9501°N 3.2076°W / 55.9501; -3.2076 (A8 road (eastern end))
  UK-Motorway-M9.svg M9 motorway
[ M 73  ] M73 motorway
A1 A1 road
A7 A7 road
A70 A70 road
A720 A720 road
A73 A73 road
A74 A74 road
A77 A77 road
A78 A78 road
A700 A700 road
A725 A725 road
A726 A726 road
A730 A730 road
A739 A739 road
A741 A741 road
A749 A749 road
A761 A761 road
A770 A770 road
A80 A80 road
A89 A89 road
A803 A803 road
A877 A877 road
A90 A90 road
West end: Greenock
55°56′55″N 4°45′23″W / 55.9487°N 4.7565°W / 55.9487; -4.7565 (A8 road (western end))
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Greenock, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow, Livingston, Edinburgh
Road network

The A8 is a major road in Scotland, connecting Edinburgh to Greenock via Glasgow. Its importance diminished following the construction of the M8 motorway which covers much of the route between Edinburgh and Glasgow (though with interruption).

Route and relationship to M8[edit]

The A8 begins at the West End of Edinburgh, in the New Town. The road originally also included Princes Street, but this stretch was declassified, as Princes Street is no longer open to all traffic.

The road continues westwards through into the suburbs of the city past affluent areas of Murrayfield and Corstorphine, often with an accompanying bus lane. Only once the road reaches the A720 City Bypass does it become a primary route, leading out past the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, and Edinburgh Airport.

At Newbridge, the A8 meets the start of the M8 and M9 motorways. From here the A8 is interrupted; it has been renumbered A89 until Bathgate, A7066 to Whitburn and then B7066 Harthill, until the A8 resumes at Newhouse — precisely where the eastern part of the M8 ends at its Junction 6.

Until Junction 8, the A8 is a dual-carriageway, though not at full motorway standard. After Junction 8 it diverges from the M8 which resumes a course for central Glasgow.

The A8 now winds through suburban Baillieston, Easterhouse and Dennistoun under a 30 mph restriction (often as a three-lane dual-carriageway) into the city centre, where it follows the High Street and then the Saltmarket. It splits for the complex one-way system, recombining before crossing the Clyde near The Gorbals, from where it leads out of town past Ibrox stadium and through Renfrew, passing to the rear of Glasgow International Airport at Inchinnan, constantly close to the M8 until it meets it again at its western end, Junction 31 near Bishopton.

The A8 becomes the primary route again and takes traffic past Port Glasgow. Its terminus is in Greenock at a large roundabout with the A78 road and the A770 to Gourock, which was the former terminus of the A8.

Euroroute designations[edit]

Three short stretches of the A8 are part of three different Euroroutes, as follows:

  • The stretch from the western end of the M8 into Greenock is part of the E05.
  • Between M8 Junctions 6 and 7 is part of the E16.
  • A very short stretch linking the A720 and A902 is part of the E15.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing