|From:||Needham Market (TM107541)|
|To:||Crossdale Street (TG227384)|
|Length:||56.1 miles (90.3 km)|
|Meets:||A14, B1078, A1120, B1117, B1077, B1118, A143, A1066, B1134, B1527, A47, B1113, A146, A1056, A11, B1108, A1074, A1067, A1042, A1402, B1149, B1354, B1145, B1436, A149|
|Former Number(s):||A1074, A147|
|Old route now:||A14|
|Route outline (key)|
Section 1: Beacon Hill - Scole
The A140 starts at Beacon Hill (junction 51 of the A14) east of Needham Market. The first mile and a half north from the A14 constitutes the only dualled section of this road in Suffolk; it is also the first of several sections limited to 50 mph. This dual two-lane stretch has a particularly wide central reservation, but is otherwise a standard dual carriageway, with the eastbound B1078 soon turning off.
The dual section over, the road begins its amble through Suffolk, passing near Earl Stonham and Little Stonham, the former being the location of a junction with the A1120. In Little Stonham, the Magpie pub is passed, which features a high gantry across the road housing the pub's sign.
Further on, you can see a large transmitting station on the east side of the road near Brockford. Yaxley village is bypassed, before arriving at a pair of roundabouts outside Scole; the first (in Suffolk) for the A143 Bury St Edmunds to Great Yarmouth road, and the second (in Norfolk) for the A1066 to nearby Diss and Thetford.
Section 2: Scole - Norwich
Continuing north, we bypass Thelveton and Dickleburgh, before passing back into open countryside. Long Stratton and Newton Flotman are not bypassed, before we eventually reach the A47 Norwich by-pass, which is grade-separated for the A47. Once into the urban area, we quickly pick up the outer ring road on meeting the A146, which comes in from Lowestoft in the east. The road ahead into town and the A11 is the A1056 (and was the A140 at one time) while the A140 now heads west around the ring road.
Section 3: Norwich - Crossdale Street (near Cromer)
The Norwich ring road section of the A140 is largely S2 liberally scattered with roundabouts and other means of slowing you down. After running around about 120 degrees, we bear left at a signalised gyratory to pick up our northern alignment again out of Norwich; the A1042 continues along the ring road.
Leaving town, we pass Norwich Airport, with the old road now lost under the runway, and head towards Aylsham which is now bypassed. After several more miles and a few more villages we go through Roughton and cross Roughton Heath. The A140 doesn't quite make it all the way to Cromer, the primary destination on the signs since Norwich as it comes to an end at a T-junction with the A149, which takes over the primary route for the last few miles into Cromer.
On classification in 1922 the A140 started on the then-A45 in Claydon, following the line of the modern A14 to reach its current starting point. This section was downgraded when the main road was moved onto its current alignment. Bypasses aside, the A140 then continued north along its current route as far as Norwich, where it ended on the A11 on the southern side of the city.