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A2

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A2
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  London (TQ324797)
To:  Dover (TR3294158)
Distance:  72.1 miles (116 km)
Meets:  M2, M25, A3, A20, A299, A28
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

National Highways • Transport for London • Kent • Medway

Traditional Counties

Kent • Surrey

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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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.

Park Pale Interchange

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

The Park 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.
Main Article: Brenley Corner Interchange

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

Year Section Notes
1922 Watling Street: Dartford to Rochester Rebuild of old Roman Road to provide bypass of Gravesend.
1924 First Dartford Bypass S2/D2 Bypass of Dartford.
1927 Rochester Way New S2 Road bypassing Shooters Hill
1963 Canterbury: Rheims Way Dual carriageway (now A2050 and A290)
1963 Sittingbourne: St. Michael's Way Berry Street to Shortlands Road. Initially unclassified.
1968 Southfleet to Singlewell & Singlewell to Cobham Dual carriageway upgrade.
1969 Singlewell Dual carriageway upgrade
c1969-72 Rochester Way Dual carriageway upgrade
1971 Second Dartford bypass Dual carriageway bypass of existing bypass.
1974 Barham Dualling Additional carriageway from Barham Crossroads south-east to Ropersole Farm. Opened on 24 September 1974 per the Land Compensation Act notice. Also re-alignment and improvement between Out Elmstead Lane and south-east of Geddings Lane, Oak Pollard.
1976 Barham Downs Dualling Additional carriageway from Bishopsbourne Road to Black Robin Lane (south-east of Bridge). Opened on 14 June 1976 per the Land Compensation Act notice.
1976 Harbledown and Upper Harbledown Bypass S2 Bypass
1976 Bridge Bypass D2 Bypass of Bridge Village
1976 Boughton and Dunkirk Bypass D2 Bypass of Boughton and Dunkirk villages.
1977 Whitfield Bypass Short bypass of Whitfield
1977 Dover Eastern Bypass Jubilee Way. D2 / single carriageway
1978 Broughton Dualling Westbound carriageway from Denstead Lane to the Gate Inn, west of the current Harbledown Interchange. Opened on 11 December 1978 per the Land Compensation Act notice.
1981 Canterbury Bypass D2 Bypass of Canterbury
1988 Rochester Way Relief Road A relief road for the old Rochester Way.
1992 London Boundary - M2 14.6 mile upgrade to D3
1999 A256 New Junction on Whitfield Bypass.
1999 Pale Vale Interchange Improved Junction at Pale Vale Interchange.
2003 Bean to Cobham: Phase 1 Dual carriageway Widening
2009 Bean to Cobham: Phase 2 Dual carriageway realignment and new junction with the A227.
2011 A2/A28 Junction (Canterbury Bypass) New Londonbound On-Slip


Videos

AEC Dump Trucks and Mercury Lorries - Eltham Relief Road

Taken back in 1986 we see AEC Mercury lorries at work on the construction of the A2 Rochester Way Eltham by-pass

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Links

National Highways

Rainham (Kent) Southern Relief Road

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A2
Projects
Junctions
Barham Interchange • Bean Interchange • Black Prince Interchange • Borough • Boughton Interchange • Bowater Roundabout • Brenley Corner Interchange • Bricklayers Arms • Canal Bridge • Cobham Junction • Danson Interchange • Darenth Interchange • Dartford Heath • Dunkirk Interchange • Eastern Docks Roundabout • Ebbsfleet Interchange • Falconwood • Guston Roundabout • Harbledown Interchange • Honeywood Interchange • Key Street Junction • Kidbrooke Interchange • Lydden Hill Junction • Marling Cross • New Cross (South London) • New Cross Gate • New Dover Road Interchange • Park Pale Interchange • Pepperhill Junction • St Johns Interchange • Sun in the Sands • Thong Interchange • Tollgate Junction • Well Hall Roundabout • Whitfield Roundabout • Will Adams Roundabout • Wincheap Interchange
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