South East Trunk Roads

The South East Trunk Road Unit spans 505km through some of the busiest sections of the country, from central Scotland to through the Scottish Borders. It includes routes such as the Edinburgh City Bypass, as well as a large section of the M8 connecting Edinburgh to Glasgow.

The South East Unit includes over 1,500 bridges and structures including the iconic Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge, as well as other major bridges such as the Kincardine Bridge and Clackmannanshire Bridge.  Trunk roads in the South East serve as a vital link for Scotland’s economy, ensuring thousands of daily journeys and deliveries are carried out safely.

Trunk roads in the South East range from the major multi-lane motorways across the central belt to roads through villages in the borders. The geography is very diverse with weather conditions often having a large impact on the network, all year round.

Trunk roads in the South East of Scotland managed and maintained by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland include:

  • M8/A8 Edinburgh – Greenock Trunk Road from its junction of the A720 at and including Hermiston Roundabout Edinburgh leading generally westwards for a distance of 41 kilometres or thereby to the junction of the A8 with the M8 at Newhouse, including that part of the said Trunk Road branching generally north-eastwards west of Edinburgh for a distance of 2 kilometres or thereby to its junction with the M9 south of Newbridge Roundabout Edinburgh.
  • M90/A90 Edinburgh – Fraserburgh Trunk Road from the M9 Junction 1A at Humbie leading generally north for a distance of 18 kilometres or thereby to the M90 Junction 3 at Halbeath including the Queensferry Crossing and incorporating the A90 section from M90 Junction 1 to M90 Junction 1A.
  • M90/A90 Edinburgh – Fraserburgh Trunk Road from A90 Dalmeny leading generally westwards for a distance of 1 kilometre or thereby to A90 Scotstoun Junction/M90 Junction 1.
  • A9000 Queensferry – North Queensferry from A90 Echline Junction generally northwards for a distance of 4.2 kilometres or thereby to M90 Ferrytoll Junction 1B, including the Forth Road Bridge.
  • A823(M) Pitreavie Spur Trunk Road from its junction with the M90 Junction 2 at Masterton leading generally westwards for a distance of 1.5 kilometres or
    thereby to its junction with the A823 but excluding Pitreavie Roundabout Dunfermline.
  • M9/A9 Edinburgh – Stirling – Thurso Trunk Road from its junction with the M8 south of Newbridge Roundabout Edinburgh leading generally north-westwards for a distance of 52 kilometres or thereby to its junction with the A9 at but excluding Keir Roundabout Stirling and including Bannockburn Roundabout Stirling (M9 Junction 9).
  • M80 Glasgow – Stirling Trunk Road from the M80 Junction 4 Haggs leading generally north-eastwards for a distance of 31 kilometres to its junction with the M9 at Bannockburn Interchange Stirling (M9 Junction 9).
  • M876/A876 Dennyloanhead – Kilbagie Roundabout Trunk Road from its junction with the M80 at Bankhead Interchange Dennyloanhead Falkirk leading generally north-eastwards for a distance of 9 kilometres or thereby to its junction with the M9 at Hill of Kinnaird Interchange Stenhousemuir (M9 Junction 8); and (2) from its junction with the M9 at Kinnaird House Interchange Stenhousemuir (M9 Junction 7) leading generally north-eastwards for a distance of 8 kilometres or thereby to the termination of the A876 at the Kilbagie Roundabout.
  • A1 Edinburgh – Berwick Upon Tweed Trunk Road from a point lying to the west of its junction with the A720 at Old Craighall Edinburgh leading generally eastwards for a distance of 77 kilometres or thereby to the Scotland – England border.
  • A720 Edinburgh City Bypass from its junction with the A1 at and including Old Craighall Roundabout Edinburgh leading generally westwards for a distance of 22 kilometres or thereby to a point lying to the north of its junction with the M8
    at Hermiston Interchange Edinburgh.
  • A68 Edinburgh – Newcastle Upon Tyne Trunk Road from its junction with the A720 at the Millerhill Junction leading generally south-eastwards for a distance of 83 kilometres or thereby to the Scotland – England border.
  • A702 Edinburgh – Abington Trunk Road from its junction with the A720 at and including the northernmost roundabout at Lothianburn Junction Edinburgh leading generally south-westwards for a distance of 59 kilometres or thereby to its junction with the A74(M) at and including the west most roundabout leading on to the A74(M) at Abington Interchange (A74(M) Junction 13).
  • A6091/A7 Melrose – Galashiels – Carlisle Trunk Road from its junction with the A68 at but excluding Ravenswood Roundabout Newtown St. Boswells leading generally south-westwards for a distance of 86 kilometres or thereby to the Scotland – England border.
  • A985 Kincardine – Rosyth Trunk Road from Higgins’ Neuk Roundabout generally eastwards for a distance of 22 kilometres or thereby to its junction with the M90 at and including Admiralty Roundabout (M90 Junction 1).
  • A977 Gartarry Roundabout – Kincardine Trunk Road from and including the Gartarry Roundabout, Clackmannanshire, to and including the Toll Road junction where it meets the A876, and then on to the junction with the A985 at the Longannet Roundabout, Kincardine, a distance of 5 kilometres or thereby.