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From:Rainham (TQ796664)
To:Bredhurst (TQ801628)
Length:2.5 miles (4 km)
Meets: A2, M2
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A278 Rainham - Bredhurst
This article is about the current A278, a road in the Medway Towns area between Rainham and Bredhurst.
For the original A278, which ran between East Grinstead and Horsham,, see A278 (East Grinstead - Horsham)


The A278 number is used for the A2-M2 link east of the Medway towns, and was built in conjunction with the M2 project, though it opened some years after the motorway. It used to be marked as a trunk road on 1970s maps, but that is not the case nowadays: it's non-primary all the way, albeit a dual-carriageway.

Rainham - Bedhurst

Hoath Way A278

There's very little to say about this road, except to say that it is often choc-a-bloc with folk making use of the Hempstead Valley shopping centre; oh, and it does lead to Gillingham ice rink. It leaves the A2 at a roundabout by the business park, and runs for 3 miles or so to the motorway, bisecting the villages of Hempstead and Wigmore on the way. It ends at M2 J4, a roundabout interchange with only the three roads (A278 and both directions of the motorway) leading off it. And that's about it – though it does share with its close neighbour, the A289, the distinction of being a dual-carriageway throughout its entire length. Not even the A1 can boast that!

JunctionsGillingham Interchange
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Other nearby roads
Medway TownsA2 • A2(M) (Kidbrooke - Falconwood) • A2(M) (Strood - Brenley Corner) • A2017 • A2035 • A2045 • A226 • A228 • A229 • A230 • A231 • A289 • B2000 • B2003 • B2004 • B2009 • B2010 (Rochester - Chatham) • B2097 • B2108 • B2159 (Chatham) • M2 • NCN1 • T34 (Britain) • Thames Gateway Airport Access Road • Watling Street
GillinghamA2 • A2(M) (Strood - Brenley Corner) • A231 • A2310 • A289 • B2004 • EuroVelo 5 • M2 • NCN1 • T34 (Britain) • Watling Street
A200 – A299


Defunct Itineraries: A239·A268·A270·A273·A274·A277·A278·A280·A282·A292·A295