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A90
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Route information
Length146 mi (235 km)
Major junctions
A90 shield

A90
A90 road map.png
Route information
Length146 mi (235 km)
Major junctions
South endEdinburgh
  M9
M90 spur
A902
A904
A972
A92
A96
North endFraserburgh
Location
Primary
destinations
Perth, Dundee, Forfar, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Peterhead
Scotland, running from Edinburgh to Fraserburgh, running through Dundee and Aberdeen.[1]

Background

The creation and development of the A90 road has to be understood in terms of the development of the economy of the North-East of Scotland which had resulted in an increase in traffic along the route between Perth and Aberdeen.[2] In recognition of this, in 1979, the British government announced that it was giving priority to the upgrading of the route to dual carriageway standard. It had already been decided that the trunk route between Dundee and Stonehaven which, previously, had followed the same route as the railway line between the two towns, would now follow an inland route through Forfar and Laurencekirk. The new route would incorporate the A85 from Perth to Dundee the A929 between Dundee and Forfar, the A94 between Forfar and Stonehaven, and the A92 from Stonehaven to Aberdeen; in 1994, the confusion of numbers was resolved with the renumbering of these roads and the creation of the A90 (M90) Edinburgh to Aberdeen trunk road.[2] The coastal route from Dundee to Stonehaven was detrunked in 1978, at the same time as the inland route was trunked. The overall cost of the change was put at £139 million.[3]

Route

From Edinburgh, the A90 travels west and connects to the M90 motorway bypass route that leads to the M9: however, it is only possible to travel northbound when reaching this connection. After connecting with the M90, it runs as a short section of A-road before turning into the M90 properly at the Queensferry Crossing. At Perth, the M90 again becomes the A90, now running north east to Dundee and through the Kingsway road system. It then passes Forfar, Brechin and Stracathro (the site of an ancient Roman Camp).

After crossing the Cowie Water just north of Stonehaven, a new (2019) junction takes the A90 road north as part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), bypassing the city to its west past the suburban developments of Peterculter, Milltimber, Westhill and Kingswells, turning east past Aberdeen Airport and Dyce. Meanwhile while the road previously known as the A90 continues as the renamed A92 via Newtonhill, Portlethen, Cove Bay, the urban area of Aberdeen and Bridge of Don), rejoining the A90 at the village of Blackdog where the AWPR terminates. Proceeding north, the route crosses the Ythan Estuary near Ellon, skirting Peterhead (and crossing Balmoor Bridge) on its way to Fraserburgh. The A952 road via Mintlaw serves as one of Aberdeenshire's principal freight routes.[4]

The Dundee to Aberdeen stretch of the A90 has many speed cameras. Previously, the 60-mile (97 km) trip from Dundee to Aberdeen along the A90 entailed over a dozen speed cameras including a majority of fixed Gatso types as well as locations used by mobile camera vans. These cameras were found on long fast stretches of road, and shortly before dangerous junctions, such as at the Laurencekirk junction where a 50 mph (80 km/h) speed limit is in force. This was introduced due to this junction's appalling safety record. A similar speed restriction was imposed at Forfar until two new grade-separated junctions were built, after which the restriction was lifted.[citation needed] In 2017 Average Speed Cameras were erected between Dundee and Stonehaven, with 15 per side, spaced approximately every 5 miles for a total of 30 cameras. BBC News reported in January 2018 that speed limit compliance had increased from 2 in 5 to 99 in 100 drivers.[5]

The section of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty was upgraded to dual carriageway in 2018.[6][7]

A short stretch of the A90, from the southern terminus of the M90 to Barnton Junction (a junction with the A902), is part of Euroroute E15, which runs from Inverness to Algeciras in Spain. The E15 continues northwards on the M90, and southwards on the A902 leading to the Edinburgh City Bypass.[citation neededThe creation and development of the A90 road has to be understood in terms of the development of the economy of the North-East of Scotland which had resulted in an increase in traffic along the route between Perth and Aberdeen.[2] In recognition of this, in 1979, the British government announced that it was giving priority to the upgrading of the route to dual carriageway standard. It had already been decided that the trunk route between Dundee and Stonehaven which, previously, had followed the same route as the railway line between the two towns, would now follow an inland route through Forfar and Laurencekirk. The new route would incorporate the A85 from Perth to Dundee the A929 between Dundee and Forfar, the A94 between Forfar and Stonehaven, and the A92 from Stonehaven to Aberdeen; in 1994, the confusion of numbers was resolved with the renumbering of these roads and the creation of the A90 (M90) Edinburgh to Aberdeen trunk road.[2] The coastal route from Dundee to Stonehaven was detrunked in 1978, at the same time as the inland route was trunked. The overall cost of the change was put at £139 million.[3]

Route

From Edinburgh, the A90 travels west and connects to the M90 motorway bypass route that leads to the M9: however, it is only possible to travel northbound when reaching this connection. After connecting with the M90, it runs as a short section of A-road before turning into the M90 properly at the Queensferry Crossing. At Perth, the M90 again becomes the A90, now running north east to Dundee and through the Kingsway road system. It then passes Forfar, Brechin and Stracathro (the site of an ancient Roman Camp).

After crossing the Cowie Water just north of Stonehaven, a new (2019) junction takes the A90 road north as part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), bypassing the city to its west past the suburban developments of Peterculter, Milltimber, M90 motorway bypass route that leads to the M9: however, it is only possible to travel northbound when reaching this connection. After connecting with the M90, it runs as a short section of A-road before turning into the M90 properly at the Queensferry Crossing. At Perth, the M90 again becomes the A90, now running north east to Dundee and through the Kingsway road system. It then passes Forfar, Brechin and Stracathro (the site of an ancient Roman Camp).

After crossing the Cowie Water just north of Stonehaven, a new (2019) junction takes the A90 road north as part of the Cowie Water just north of Stonehaven, a new (2019) junction takes the A90 road north as part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), bypassing the city to its west past the suburban developments of Peterculter, Milltimber, Westhill and Kingswells, turning east past Aberdeen Airport and Dyce. Meanwhile while the road previously known as the A90 continues as the renamed A92 via Newtonhill, Portlethen, Cove Bay, the urban area of Aberdeen and Bridge of Don), rejoining the A90 at the village of Blackdog where the AWPR terminates. Proceeding north, the route crosses the Ythan Estuary near Ellon, skirting Peterhead (and crossing Balmoor Bridge) on its way to Fraserburgh. The A952 road via Mintlaw serves as one of Aberdeenshire's principal freight routes.[4]

The Dundee to Aberdeen stretch of the A90 has many speed cameras. Previously, the 60-mile (97 km) trip from Dundee to Aberdeen along the A90 entailed over a dozen speed cameras including a majority of fixed Gatso types as well as locations used by mobile camera vans. These cameras were found on long fast stretches of road, and shortly before dangerous junctions, such as at the Laurencekirk junction where a 50 mph (80 km/h) speed limit is in force. This was introduced due to this junction's appalling safety record. A similar speed restriction was imposed at Forfar until two new grade-separated junctions were built, after which the restriction was lifted.[citation needed] In 2017 Average Speed Cameras were erected between Dundee and Stonehaven, with 15 per side, spaced approximately every 5 miles for a total of 30 cameras. BBC News reported in January 2018 that speed limit compliance had increased from 2 in 5 to 99 in 100 drivers.[5]

The section of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty was upgraded to dual carriageway in 2018.[6][7]

A short stretch of the A90, from the southern terminus of the M90 to Barnton Junction (a junction with the A902), is part of Euroroute E15, which runs from Inverness to Algeciras in Spain. The E15 continues northwards on the M90, and southwards on the A902 leading to the Edinburgh City Bypass.[citation needed]

The A90 ran along the coast and through Aberdeen until the city was bypassed with the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route in 2018. The former stretch of A90 from Stonehaven through to just north of Aberdeen is now part of the A92.

Ground investigations were carried out in 2019 in preparation for upgrading the flat junction between the A90 and the A937 to a flyover after a number of deaths.[8]

River crossings