A2000

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A2000
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From: Crayford (TQ514747)
To: Slade Green (TQ516760)
Length: 1 miles (1.6 km)
Meets:  A207, A206
Highway Authorities

Bexley

Traditional Counties

Kent

Route outline (key)
A2000 Crayford – Slade Green

Route

The A2000 pre-dates the Dome (now known as the o2). No doubt they would have loved to have the A2000 in the vicinity. Instead they got the rather lacklustre A2203 instead. The A2000 is accurately in Crayford in Kent. Well it is and it isn't, as it is in the TfL area – however Bexley Council maintains the road. The A2000 is also designated as a through route for HGVs to the nearby industrial estates as all the other nearby roads have width restrictions.

Crayford was a Roman settlement called Noviomagus where Watling Street forded the River Cray. Later it was called Crecganford until the corruption to Crayford.

Crayford - Slade Green

The A2000 in Crayford

The A2000 starts at Crayford. Its starting junction has been modified over the years. Originally a standard crossroads where the A207 TOTSOed, in the 1980s the junction was rebuilt. The A207 now follows a one-way loop around Crayford before it goes off to Bexleyheath. It was its 1990s rebuild which gave the A2000 starting junction the name of the Crayford cockup. Basically they put in a bus lane with concrete kerbing. It caused delays which were so bad, it was worse than the previous incarnation. In 2005, this was rectified and the Crayford Cockup MkIII is a much better junction.

Anyway, the A2000 goes up a steep hill towards Barnehurst. At the top of the hill, it TOTSOs to the right, with the road ahead unclassified. Now we meet some really undeveloped land though the houses are not too far away. These houses are very much Mock Tudor, a typical 1930s design which still looks good today.

The A2000 is quite a short road really, and very soon, after reentering the urban area, we hit the A206 at a roundabout. This roundabout was rebuilt in 2006 to accommodate the Thames Road (the A206 going towards Dartford) D2 upgrade. Since this roundabout marks the end of the road, there a few options. They are the current D2 A206 towards Erith, a road towards Barnehurst, a road into a residential area and the A206 towards Dartford.

A211 Driver writes:
The A2000 leaves the A207 and B2186 and goes up a steep hill out of the Cray Valley, Crayford High Street, leading in the Barnehurst direction. Crayford High Street has some character and we TOTSO with Old Road by the attractive One Bell pub into Perry Street although there are no pear orchards these days. Old Road was the B253 until the 1960s and there is some argument locally that this part of the original London to Dover road rather than London Road. We pass St Paulinus Church, which is worth a visit and the atmospheric churchyard has been declared a nature reserve and is full of wild flowers. We pass a mini roundabout with Mayplace Road East in a dip in the road. The rough grazing land and sports grounds on our right are owned by the Stoneham family who reside at nearby Howbury Grange and Barnehurst Golf Course, part of the old Mayplace Estate. We drop down a hill which is marked on some older maps as Stoneham's Hill but is now just part of Perry Street and arrive at the roundabout with the A206.

History

In 1922, the A2000 ran from the A2 in Crayford and ended end-on with the A206 in Slade Green. The road from there into Dartford did not open until later in the 1920s, although it had already been given the number A206. The

Original Author(s): A Beaton & A211 Driver



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