A701 road

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A701
Route information
Length71 mi (114 km)
Major junctions
South endDumfries
55°04′17″N 3°36′39″W / 55.0714°N 3.6109°W / 55.0714; -3.6109 (A701 road (southern end))
North endEdinburgh
55°56′21″N 3°10′46″W / 55.9391°N 3.1794°W / 55.9391; -3.1794 (A701 road (northern end))
Location
Primary
destinations
A780
A75
UK-Motorway-A74 (M).svg - A74(M)
A708
A72
A721
A703
A6094
A766
A720
A772
A700
A7
Road network

The A701 is a major road in Scotland that runs from Dumfries to Edinburgh.

Route[edit]

The A701 leaves Dumfries and travels north to meet the A74(M) east of Beattock. It then passes beneath the A74(M) before continuing to the north-east towards Moffat and ultimately Edinburgh.

The road can be an alternative to the A7 or A702 routes to Edinburgh from the A74(M) and M6. It is signposted as a scenic route to Edinburgh from the motorway. The A701 is popular with motorcyclists and passes close to the edge of the Devil's Beef Tub. It runs also parallel with the former Talla Railway for several miles.

A stretch of the A701, between Penicuik and Edinburgh has a proposed bypass to run alongside it. This has been contested for many years, as the bypass will form a bottle neck back into the current road, and also will cut through an important wildlife corridor, a woodland which is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). There has been a protest site there, campaigning to stop this development since June 2002.

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 55°32′12″N 3°24′44″W / 55.5368°N 3.4122°W / 55.5368; -3.4122 (A701 road)