M9 motorway

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The M9 at Newbridge near Edinburgh

The M9 is a motorway that runs from outskirts of Edinburgh, bypassing the towns of Linlithgow, Falkirk, Grangemouth and Stirling to end at Dunblane in Perthshire.


The road is approximately 30 miles long, 20 miles of which are in Stirlingshire. It runs in a roughly north-west direction from the M8 motorway, meeting the A8 at Newbridge – a traffic blackspot before the junction was grade separated. Its next junction is a motorway spur towards the Forth Road Bridge. This spur was extended in September 2007 and now meets the A90 at Scotstoun, instead of ending at the single carriageway A8000 road two miles short of the bridge.

The road shares space with a mile of the M876 en route to the Kincardine Bridge east of Stenhousemuir, at this point the motorway has three lanes in each direction, making it the most northerly stretch of motorway in the UK to be three lanes wide. At Stirling it meets the M80 (junction 9 of both motorways), taking over the main route through the Carse of Lecropt to the final roundabout at Dunblane. From there, the A9 runs all the way to Thurso. Services are located at the M9/M80 junction, accessed via a roundabout which allows access to all routes.


M9 motorway
Northbound exits Junction Southbound exits
Start of motorway M8 J2 Glasgow, Livingston M8
Edinburgh M8
Edinburgh Airport A8
Broxburn, Uphall, Bathgate A89
J1 Edinburgh Airport A8
Broxburn A89
West Lothian
Forth Road Bridge, Perth, Dundee (M90) J1a Forth Road Bridge, Perth, Dundee A90, (M90), Aberdeen
None J2 Uphall B8046
Forth Road Bridge, Kincardine Bridge A904
Linlithgow A803
Bo'ness A904
J3 None
Bathgate, Livingston A801
Polmont A803
J4 Bathgate, Livingston A801
Linlithgow A803, Kirkliston B9080
Polmont A803
Grangemouth, Falkirk A905 J5 Grangemouth, Bo'ness A905
None J6 Grangemouth, Falkirk A905
Kincardine Bridge M876 J7 Kincardine Bridge M876
Glasgow M876 J8 None
Stirling A91 J9 Denny A872
Glasgow, Carlisle M80
Stirling services
Stirling, Callander, Crianlarich A84 J10 Stirling A84
Perth, Inverness A9
Bridge of Allan A9
Doune B824
Dunblane B8033
Start of motorway

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Motorways in the United Kingdom

Great Britain: M1  • M2  • M3  • M4  • M5  • M6  • M6 Toll  • M8  • M9  • M10  • M11  • M18  • M20  • M23  • M25  • M26  • M27  • M32  • M40  • M42  • M45  • M48  • M49  • M50  • M53  • M54  • M55  • M56  • M57  • M58  • M60  • M61  • M62  • M63  • M65  • M66  • M67  • M69  • M73  • M74  • M77  • M80  • M85  • M90  • M180  • M181  • M271  • M275  • M602  • M606  • M621  • M876  • M898  • Sections of A road: A1(M)

Former motorways marked in italics

Northern Ireland: M1  • M2  • M3  • M5  • M12  • M22