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This is the A7 road in Great Britain. See also A7 road (Northern Ireland)

UK road A7.svg
A7 road
Length (miles) 92
Length (km) 148
Direction North - South
Start Edinburgh
Primary
destinations1
Galashiels
Hawick
End Carlisle
Roads joined UK road A900.PNG A900 road
UK road A8.svg A8 road
UK road A1.svg A1 road
UK road A700.PNG A700 road
UK road A701.PNG A701 road
UK road A6095.PNG A6095 road
UK road A6106.PNG A6106 road
UK road A720.PNG A720 road
UK road A772.PNG A772 road
UK road A768.PNG A768 road
UK road A6094.PNG A6094 road
UK road A72.PNG A72 road
UK road A6091.PNG A6091 road
UK road A698.PNG A698 road
UK road A6071.PNG A6071 road
UK road A689.PNG A689 road
[ M⁠6 ⁠] M6 motorway
UK road A595.PNG A595 road
UK road A69.PNG A69 road
UK road A6.PNG A6 road
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.
Scotland welcomes arrivals on the A7 with a bilingual sign including Fàilte gu Alba

The A7 is a major trunk road in the United Kingdom, that runs south from Edinburgh in Central Scotland to Carlisle in north-western England.

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Present Route

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Edinburgh

The A7 begins its course in central Edinburgh, at the A1/A7/A8/A900 junction at North Bridge 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 (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 A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at the notorious Sheriffhall Roundabout that also leads to Musselburgh 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, as well as the A1, at the bypass' eastern terminus where it heads towards the city centre and the south.

The destination sign on the A7 at the Sherrifhall Roundabout for the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass.

After passing the City Bypass, the A7 continues on through the 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. The road then continues to pass through the small towns of Selkirk and Hawick, and then carrying on through the countryside towards Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway (this is where the two longest B roads in the UK meet; the B709 and B6318), crossing the border into England, into the county of Cumbria, bypassing the village of Auchenrivock and Canonbie, which the A7 used to go through, and is now called the B7201.

A7 Auchenrivock Upgrade

The A7 was upgraded through the area of Auchenrivock, just to the south of Langholm, from 2008 to 2009. The new road has cut journey times between Langholm and Canonbie as well as improving overtaking opportunities. The upgrade contains two junctions which are for local access to Auchenrivock. The old road remains as 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.

The A7 is unique in that it is the only single number A-road in the United Kingdom that does not have a parallel motorway as there is no motorway called the 'M7'.

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