- A68 road
UK road routebox
direction= North - South
Bishop Auckland Consett Corbridge Jedburgh
The A68 is a major road in the
United Kingdom, running from Darlingtonin Englandto Edinburghin Scotland.
From Darlington, it runs north. It bypasses
Bishop Auckland, running through West Auckland, Toft Hilland Tow Law, past Consettand Corbridge. The road used to run through the centre of Corbridge but now runs on a new single carriageway alignment to the East of the town. To bring the road back to the previous route of the A68 it now overlaps the A69 for just under three miles, before turning off north again.
It then runs into Scotland through
Redesdaleat Carter Bar, through Jedburgh, St Boswells, Earlston, Lauder, up by Soutra Hill and into Dalkeithwhere the B6373 leaves and rejoins it in the town.
The A68 then ends just north of Dalkeith on the
Edinburgh City Bypass( A720) at Sheriffhall Roundabout. It used to run all the way into Edinburgh, but the section within Edinburgh became part of the A7 several years ago. After many years of wrangling work has finally begun on the Dalkeith Northern Bypass which will remove large volumes of traffic from the centre of the town. The new road will leave the existing line of the A68 a couple of miles to the east of Dalkeith at Fordel Mains and join the Edinburgh City Bypass at a new junction close to the A720's eastern terminus on the A1 at Old Craighall Junction. When completed it will take the A68 designation and the old route through Dalkeith will be renumbered and downgraded to non-primary status.
It is the only major road to cross the England/Scotland border for a long distance either way (the next crossing being the
A697 roadnear Coldstream/ Cornhill-on-Tweedin the east, and the A7 near Canonbie.
The A68 is part of
EurorouteE15 ( Inverness- Algeciras) between its northern terminus on the A720, and its junction with the A696just on the English side of the border. The E15 continues northwards and southwards on the A720 and A696 respectively.
British road numbering scheme
* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/f99/68.shtml Sabre-Roads.org: A68: Edinburgh-Darlington]
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