Broomhouse

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Broomhouse is a district of Edinburgh, Scotland. Although on the lands of Old Saughton, its name is adopted from an estate which was located to the north of the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway line. The earliest recorded versions of the name (c.1600) were variations on Brum(e)hous. It mainly comprises a low-rise council housing estate built between 1947 and 1950. It borders on Parkhead, Sighthill, and Saughton Mains. The Glasgow railway passes to the north but there is no station. The arterial route of Calder Road (A71) passes to the south. There are two schools (one Roman Catholic the other non-denominational), a community centre, two Church congregations (St. Joseph's R.C and St David's Broomhouse C.o.S.) and a counselling centre here. Medical and library facilities are in nearby Sighthill and Corstorphine.

Saughton House is a large Government building, built in the 1950s, fronting on Broomhouse Drive and houses the Scottish Executive, HM Revenue and Customs, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and a number of other government offices.

Parallel to Broomhouse Drive was Scotland's first bus guideway opened in 2004 and was 1.5km of two-lane dedicated guided busway, the longest section of continuous bus guideway in the UK. Subsequently, it has been converted as part of the Edinburgh Trams route.


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Coordinates: 55°55′42.00″N 3°16′51.05″W / 55.9283333°N 3.2808472°W / 55.9283333; -3.2808472