A7 road (Great Britain)

The A7 is a major trunk road in the United Kingdom, that runs south from Edinburgh in Central Scotland to Carlisle in North West England. The A7 meets the M6 motorway close to Carlisle, which runs south to the north west, Midlands and south of England. However, the A702 road, which runs further to the north east, and the A74 (M) south, provide a quicker alternative and serve as the main link between Edinburgh and the M6.

UK road A7

A7 road map
Route information
Length92 mi (148 km)
Major junctions
North endEdinburgh
55°57′12″N 3°11′21″W / 55.9532°N 3.1891°W
M6 Junction 44
South endCarlisle
54°53′43″N 2°55′52″W / 54.8954°N 2.9311°W
Edinburgh, Galashiels, Hawick, Carlisle
Road network

Present route


The A7 begins its course in central Edinburgh, at a junction at North Bridge that also marks the northern terminus of the A1 and the southern terminus of the A900 (The eastern terminus of the A8 also reached this junction before that road's decommissioning along Princes Street). The A7 leads south from the junction as a non-trunk road before passing through the city's south-eastern suburbs. This part of the A7 was the former route of the A68 road (the old A7 used to be what is now the A701/A772 at Gilmerton).

The road then goes past Cameron Toll, and then meeting at the Edinburgh City Bypass at the notorious Sheriffhall Roundabout that also leads to Musselburgh and Dalkeith via the A6106, Glasgow and Livingston via the M8, Kilmarnock via the A71, Perth and Stirling via the M9 and M90, and Newcastle via the A68, and also the A1 at the bypass' eastern terminus where it heads towards the city centre and the south.

A7 - A720 Roundabout Sign
The destination sign on the A7 at the Sheriffhall Roundabout for the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass

After passing the City Bypass, the A7 continues on through the four Eskbank bypasses (B6392, A772 (the former A7), A768 and the A6094) and makes its way past a series of small towns and villages; Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Middleton Moor.

The Scottish Borders

After travelling through the villages of Midlothian, the A7 then enters through the region of the Scottish Borders, twisting past the villages of Heriot, Fountainhall, and Stow and then passing towards Galashiels, becoming part of the town's ring road, also joining the A72 via the town's northern ring road.

The A7 becomes a trunk road at the junction on the A6091(A68) roundabout just outside Galashiels, then continuing onto the small town of Selkirk. The part of the road between Selkirk and Hawick has lots of realigned stretches, allowing for overtaking. When the A7 reaches Hawick, it avoids the town centre, instead meeting the A698 at the leisure centre. The road then continues along the north bank of the River Teviot to the Sandbed roundabout, from which it then leaves the town.

After leaving Hawick, the A7 carries on through the countryside and enters Dumfries and Galloway towards Langholm, where the two longest B roads in the UK meet; the B709 and B6318, then bypassing Canonbie, which the A7 used to go through and is now called the B7201.

Failte Scottish
Scotland welcomes arrivals on the A7 with a bilingual sign including Fàilte gu Alba

Auchenrivock Realignment

The A7 was realigned through the area of Auchenrivock, just to the south of Langholm. The new road, which opened in 2009, has cut journey times between Langholm and Canonbie as well as improving overtaking opportunities. The upgrade contains two junctions which allow local access to Auchenrivock. The remains of the old A7 are now part of a cycle route.

Entering England

Continuing past the English border, the A7 goes through the small town of Longtown, before meeting the A689 and the M6 at the Greymoorhill Roundabout, which is also junction 44 of the M6, the second last junction before the motorway joins the A74(M) just before the Scottish border.

Beyond Greymoorhill roundabout, the A7 becomes a brief dual carriageway, close to the Kingstown Industrial Estate on the northern fringe of Carlisle. Continuing as a busy single carriageway road, the A7 goes past several main supermarkets, and crosses the River Eden over Eden Bridge.

At Hardwicke Circus Roundabout, a large junction in the centre of Carlisle, the A7 meets the A595 to the west and southern Cumbria and then continues to form part of Carlisle's one way system through the city centre, meeting the A69 and finally becoming the A6 near Carlisle railway station.

See also

External links

Route map:

List of A7 roads

This is a list of roads designated A7 :

A007 road (Argentina), a beltway around the city of Santa Fe

A7 highway (Australia) may refer to :

A7 highway (Queensland), a road connecting Georgetown and Springsure

A7 highway (South Australia), a road connecting Adelaide central business district with Port Adelaide

A7 highway (Tasmania), a road connecting Launceston and Greens Beach

A7 motorway (Austria), a road connecting Linz and the Mühlviertel

A7 motorway (Bulgaria), a road connecting A6 motorway (Bulgaria) with A1 motorway (Bulgaria) and A2 motorway (Bulgaria)

A7 motorway (Croatia), a road connecting Rijeka, Croatia to Slovenian border

A7 motorway (Cyprus), a planned road intended to link Paphos with Polis

A7 motorway (France), a road connecting Lyon and Marseille

Bundesautobahn 7, a German road running between that country's border with Denmark to the Austrian border

A7 motorway (Greece), a road in Peloponnese connecting the motorway intersection with Greek National Road 8A outside Corinth and ends at Kalamata

A7 motorway (Italy), a road connecting Milan and Genoa

A7 road (Latvia), a road connecting Riga, Bauska and the Lithuanian border

A7 highway (Lithuania), a road connecting Marijampolė and Kaliningradas

A7 motorway (Luxembourg), a road connecting Luxembourg City and Clervaux

A7 road (Malaysia), a road connecting Beaufort and Mempaku/Menumbok

A7 motorway (Morocco), a road connecting Casablanca and Marrakesh

A7 motorway (Netherlands), a road connecting Nieuweschans and Amsterdam

A7 highway (Nigeria), a road connecting Ilorin to the border with Benin

A7 motorway (Portugal), a road connecting Póvoa de Varzim and Vila Pouca de Aguiar

A-7 motorway (Spain), a road connecting Algeciras to the border with France at La Jonquera

A 7 road (Sri Lanka), a road connecting Avissawella-Hatton-Nuwara Eliya

A7 motorway (Switzerland), a road connecting Winterthur and Kreuzlingen

A7 road (United Kingdom) may refer to :

A7 road (Great Britain), a road connecting Edinburgh to Carlisle

A7 road (Isle of Man), a road connecting Ballasalla with Port Erin

A7 road (Northern Ireland), a road connecting Downpatrick and Carryduff

A7 road (United States of America) may refer to :

County Route A7 (California), a road in Tehama County connecting Live Oak Road and SR 36 in Red Bluff

A7 road (Zimbabwe), a road connecting Hwange and Livingstone

A roads in Zone 7 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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