|From:||New Town, Dartford (TQ551738)|
|To:||Bean, Kent (TQ595727)|
|Length:||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Meets:|| A226, A225, A282, A2|
|Former Number(s):||A2, B260|
|Route outline (key)|
||New Town, Dartford -|
Park Road Roundabout Dartford
||Park Road Roundabout, Dartford|
- Princes Interchange
||Princes Interchange - Bean, Kent
Parts of the route are DB2 (Dual Busway 2). The current route is a relatively recent creation, from the 1970s, although the road can be traced back to 1927 (see History). The first section is fairly insignificant, being suburbia.
New Town, Dartford - Bean
The is the A296 in Dartford.
When we meet the A225
this is where we meet the most recent change. A new busway, really more like a new road just for buses has been built. We TOTSO
onto the A225
east but not for long. A short section of DB2
then we meet A282 J1
in disguise). This where a fair amount of traffic goes from here but not all of it. The rest follows onto the next section of DB2
A296. A semi industial part of town, the Fastrack busway which makes the A296 DB2
goes off into its own dissected road at Fleet estate while we become straight D2
. More PS2
This was where Dartford FC used to play before being Exiled from Dartford Town for 14 years. They are now returned home to Dartford at a new site off Princes road (local name of this road and the A225). Anyway, the A296 comes to an older section of rebuilt road. Formerly straight and traffic light control, it is a pinched roundabout. This is where we meet the B2500, formerly B2200, and earlier still the A296 itself.
We continue straight towards Darent Valley Hospital, a modern hospital built on the site of the original. The junction for it has a link with Fastrack and the junction for it is a roundabout. It is a lot lighter since the building of the hospital and Fastrack. Indeed after that roundabout, the Fastrack busway heads towards Bluewater on a very steep hill. We on the other hand stay straght and true.
This is a Roman Road after all and Dartford has been around almost as long as London. Before we meet the B255
though, we curve to the right, a lampost from the original Junction with the B255
still remains. It now been 10 years since work started on the B255
upgrade for Bluewater and as we go under it, we arrive at the roundabout. As some of the other members of SABRE
have commented, I can also remember when it was a simple roundabout. Now it is a werid GSJ
. Most of the movements are on the old B255
. This is also where you want to go to the A2
towards London as after this junction, it is a straght run to the A2
East. This is were most of the traffic goes.
After the B255, we now go on the original A2. This is effectively a super slip road. It is at this point the S2 section of the road ends. The last few hundred yards is a slip road onto the A2. In the old days, this was the A2. As there is only one way to go, its onwards towards the Medway Towns, Dover and the M2 Motorway. Paris too via Ebbfleet International Station.
The A296 number was originally allocated to the stretch of Watling Street that is now the B2500, joining the A226 to what was then the A2 (Watling Street / Princes Road on the outskirts of Dartford). This number appears on the 1927 edition of sheet 34 of the half-inch MOT map.
The history of the road becomes murky between 1927 and the 1970s - it continues to be shown as an A Road, but is not numbered on the fifth, sixth or seventh series of the Ordnance Survey one-inch map. It is a fair assumption, however, that the A296 lived on during this period, and was then extended along Watling Street when the A2 Dartford By-pass was opened in 1972. It was subsequently re-routed along Princes Road and Park Road (formerly the B260), possibly in about 1978.
(pre-2006 Wiki entry)
A short, relatively recent creation that mostly runs along bits of what used to be the A2 east of Dartford. It leaves the A226 - East Hill in Dartford - and soon receives the A225 at a roundabout, where we totso left, almost immediately encountering the A282 which has just taken over from the M25 here at Junction 1b (locally styled Princes Road Interchange). Over the Dartford Crossing Approach we go, still in suburbia, until an elongated roundabout where the B2200 joins opposite the unnervingly named John's Hole (a disused chalk pit, actually). Now we are on Watling Street (was A2) and, after another roundabout, behold the mighty Bluewater shopping labyrinth to the left (another Hole, in fact). Soon there is the mildly bizarre phenomenon of a GSJ with a B road (the B255) that takes priority as a dual-carriageway overbridge, while the A296 slows up at the now customary roundabout. Turn right here for the London-bound A2 and Bean (any other villages named after legumes?), whereas the A296 now goes straight on as, before long, a one-way slip-road that oozes down to join the eastbound A2, and is beset with queues when too many shoppers are trying to escape from Bluewater at once. Here endeth the road.
Charles [A211 Driver] writes:
(Watling Street) has been renumbered as the B2500
. This was due to a duplication as there was another B2200
at Ewell in Surrey (Chessington Road from the roundabout with the B284
to the A24
I agree with you that the GSJ
with the B255 is unusual. I remember when it was just a simple roundabout before Bluewater was built.
Original Author(s): Simon Mold, Charles(A211 Driver) & A Beaton