This article is about the A2011 that bypassed Maidstone. For the original A2011 in Portsmouth, see A2011 (Portsmouth). For the current A2011 in Crawley, see A2011.
The now-unclassified former A2011 in Bearsted
The A2011 started and finished on the A20, forming a bypass of Maidstone to the north. It was originally given the number B2011, but by 1958 it had become so popular as a de facto Maidstone Bypass, due to increasingly awful traffic through the town centre, that the route was promoted to an A road. A new bridge was later built over the River Medway at Aylesford, bypassing the old single-lane bridge and the village centre. However, the A2011 still ran through the middle of several other villages, such as Sandling and Bearstead, so its usefulness was undermined somewhat.
The A2011 survived until 1961, when the opening of the A20(M), which bypassed Maidstone on nearly the same route, caused it to become obsolete.
Today, the road is unclassified, bar a very small section by the Chiltern Hundreds pub and Sittingbourne Park & Ride, which has survived as a rerouting of the A249, following M20 upgrades and widening in the late 1980s.