From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|To:||Keston Common (TQ415636)|
|Length:||4.1 miles (6.6 km)|
|Meets:||A222, A21, B2212, B251, A232, A233|
|Route outline (key)|
The B265 runs north-south from the A222 in Bickley to join the A233 at Keston, via Hayes village and Hayes Common. Starting as Page Heath Lane, Bickley, it becomes Homesdale Road, and includes an arched bridge with signs warning overheight vehicles to use the middle of the road and is a rarity in the borough. It crosses the A21 at a staggered traffic light junction, and then by Ravensbourne School there is a 7'0" width limit (main traffic from Bromley to Hayes is routed via the B2212 Hayes Road, to avoid this width limit).
As Hayes Lane the road passes through the older part of Hayes (known as "Hayes village" or "Old Hayes") and then as Baston Road it opens out into Hayes Common and becomes more rural. The speed limit rises to 40mph, continuing through the traffic lights crossing the A232. As we enter Keston the limit drops to 30mph but we reclaim the 40mph while the road reaches its last few yards.
At the end of the B265 you are greeted by the A233.
The old B265
Many would allude that the B265 route has been unchanged since the classifications but this was not the case around Keston, where it followed a different route as late as the 1960s. Going southbound past the Mini garage near Hayes, the old B265 turned right at West Common Road where it followed a narrow route with Hayes School on the left before continuing straight onto the A232.
After the crossroads, it continues straight through the woods, being joined to the right by Baston Manor Road before halting at a mini roundabout at Keston village where we rejoin the current B265.
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