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A2
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From:London (TQ324797)
To:Dover (TR3294158)
Length:72.1 miles (116 km)
Meets: M2, M25, A3, A20, A299, A28
Primary Destinations
Canterbury • Central London • Dover • London • Peckham
Highway Authorities

Highways Agency, TfL, Kent, Medway

Traditional Counties

Kent

Route outline (key)
A2 Borough - Bricklayers Arms
A2 Bricklayers Arms - Strood
A2 Strood – Brenley Corner
A2 Brenley Corner – Dover
This article is about the A2 in England.
For the coast road in Northern Ireland, see A2 (Northern Ireland)
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Contents

Route

This is the A2 at Ebbsfleet
Main Article: A2 route

The A2 has always been a busy road. Going from London to Dover, it largely follows the historic Watling Street from London to Dover via Canterbury, although it has had many upgrades over the years. Some sections are now D4M while one, the M2 now makes a section of the A2 non-primary.

History

The A2 at Ospringe, just south west of Faverham in 1969
Main Article: A2 history

The A2 has had a vast array of improvements since Classification. It is believed that the A2 had the earliest renumbering due to a building of a new road, in this case the First Dartford Bypass. There have been many more than that though since this is the road to the channel ports.

Notable locations and improvements

First and Second Dartford Bypasses

This is the A2 at Leyton Cross, just east of the Dartford Heath Interchange
Main Article: Dartford Bypasses

The A2 has had two Bypasses of Dartford. The First got so busy, the D3M second Bypass was built to replace it.

Pale Pale Interchange

This is the A2 at the Pale Vale where the M2 begins
Main Article: Park Pale Interchange

The Pale Pale Interchange was infamous for being the point where The A2 was a higher standard than the M2. Now it noted for its complex design.

Brenley Corner Interchange

The current layout of the junction.

Brenley Corner is where the A2 becomes primary again after going though the Medway Towns. This is the point where the A2 once again takes over the trunk traffic from the M2.


Opening Dates

Month Year Section Notes
May 2009 Bean to Cobham: Phase 2 Dual carriageway realignment and new junction with the A227.
2003 Bean to Cobham: Phase 1 Dual carriageway Widening
1999 Pale Vale Interchange Improved Junction at Pale Vale Interchange.
1999 A256 New Junction on Whitfield Bypass.
1988 Rochester Way Relief Road A relief road for the old Rochester Way.
c1981 Canterbury Bypass D2 Bypass of Canterbury
1977 Jubilee Way Short bypass of Eastern Dover
1977 Whitfield Bypass Short bypass of Whitfield
1972 Second Dartford bypass Dual carriageway bypass of existing bypass.
c1969-72 Rochester Way Dual carriageway upgrade
1969 Singlewell Dual carriageway upgrade
1968 Southfleet to Singlewell & Singlewell to Cobham Dual carriageway upgrade.
1927 Rochester Way New S2 Road bypassing Shooters Hill
November 1924 First Dartford Bypass S2/D2 Bypass of Dartford.
1922 Watling Street: Dartford to Rochester Rebuild of old Roman Road to provide bypass of Gravesend.

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A2
JunctionsBean Interchange • Black Prince Interchange • Brenley Corner Interchange • Bricklayers Arms • Canal Bridge • Cobham Junction • Danson Interchange • Darenth Interchange • Dartford Heath • Eastern Docks Roundabout • Falconwood • Kidbrooke Interchange • Marling Cross • New Cross (South London) • New Cross Gate • Park Pale Interchange • Pepperhill Junction • St Johns Interchange • Sun in the Sands • Thong Interchange • Tollgate Junction • Well Hall Roundabout • Whitfield Roundabout • Will Adams Roundabout
ServicesDover Eastern Docks
CrossingsBridge Bypass Bridge • Canterbury Bypass Bridge • Dover - Bolougne ferry • Dover - Calais ferry • Dover - Dunkerque ferry • Rochester Bridge
ProjectsDartford Bypasses
RoadsA2(M) (Kidbrooke - Falconwood) • A2(M) (Strood - Brenley Corner) • E2 (Old System) • E5 (Old System) • EuroVelo 5 • NCN1 • NCN2 • NCN21 • T4 (Britain) • Watling Street
MiscellaneousA2/History • A2/Named Junctions • A2/Route • M25 Junctions
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