|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Brighton seafront (TQ307039)|
|To:||Old Shoreham Road (TQ303054)|
|Distance:||1.2 miles (1.9 km)|
|Meets:||A259, B2066, B2119, B2121, B2122, B2120, A270|
|Route outline (key)|
The A2010 connects Brighton's two main east-west routes with Brighton Station.
The road starts at a set of traffic lights with the A259 next to the Odeon cinema and heads north. The road name here is West Street, implying it is one of Brighton's older roads. In the central reservation just north of the traffic lights are a number of multi-hued cones. The first of many sets of traffic lights is for access to the Russell Road car park. Continuing north there is a typical Brightonian mix of modern and historical buildings, primarily of a commercial nature. Inevitably for Brighton, the road starts to head uphill, reaching the B2066 at the clock tower. We are now in the heart of Brighton's main shopping area.
Continuing onwards and upwards on Queens Road, the A2010 narrows, with hoards of puffing pedestrians (well, going up the hill anyway) squashed onto narrow pavements. Things flatten out and widen a little as Brighton Station comes into view immediately in front of us. More traffic lights follow. At Gloucester Road there is yet another set of traffic lights, and only buses are allowed to go straight on; everyone else goes left. Both options are the A2010 as the northbound non-bus route is one way. Southbound traffic all uses the same route.
Having reached the grandeur of Brighton station, all traffic is re-united to head up past the station on the aptly named Terminus Road. The views at the top of the hill are nothing short of fantastic with the railway yards and station in the foreground and half of Brighton behind this, disappearing to the horizon. Our road leaves this behind, continuing to climb. Things level out again around Compton Avenue and we are now heading west. There is another mini one-way system as westward traffic takes a left towards a set of lights with the B2121, Dyke Road. Taking a sharp right we head back towards the other half of the road, and see why we had out mini one-way tour as the Seven Dials roundabout is reached. Barely bigger than a mini-roundabout, seven roads (six classified, including three consecutively numbered B-roads) connect to it; it is understandable why two of them were made one-way. Having negotiated that little terror, the A2010 continues on Dyke Road, heading upwards and northwards again.
Things calm down a bit, flatten out and the buildings finally take a step back from the roadside. The road ends at a set of traffic lights on the A270 at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC).