The A2041 is an L-shaped road in east London, following the boundary between the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley for much of its length. It is part of a north-south route and there are local concerns that the traffic will increase after the opening of the Thames Gateway Crossing.
Thamesmead - Lesnes Abbey Woods
The road starts at a roundabout on the A2016 in Thamesmead West, close to Belmarsh Prison and in the exact spot where the Thames Gateway Crossing is proposed to meet the A2016. We loop to the north along Central Way, a dual-carriageway liberally scattered with roundabouts, to pass through the centre of Thamesmead before returning south along Carlyle Road back to the A2016, which is now grade-separated. This roundabout, incidentally, marks the original northern end of the A2041 before it was extended north into Thamesmead itself.
The road now continues south along the D2 Harrow Manorway, which was built in the early 1970s. It crosses over the embankment of the Southern Outfall Sewer and Belvedere Road which leads to Crossness Sewage Works and the Crossness Beam Engines already mentioned in the A2016 report. The flyover soon descends and we pass the first stage of Thamesmead (known as Tavy Bridge) which was started in the late 1960s. The 1950s Abbey Wood estate is on our left. At the roundabout with Yarnton Way and Eynsham Drive, the dual carriageway ends and Harrow Manorway carries straight on as single carriageway but the road soon widens and another flyover built in the early 1970s carries the A2041 over the North Kent Railway line and B213 Abbey Road and some open space appears on our right. Prior to the flyover Harrow Manorway crossed the railway by a level crossing at Abbey Wood station which caused hold-ups during the peak hours. The dual carriageway does not last for long as a bus lane has been added recently.
At the roundabout we meet the B213. Originally the A2041 finished here but during the late 1980s it was extended along Knee Hill. Knee Hill is so named because of its knee shape with a steep section at the bottom, the gradient easing off in the middle section and then steep again near the top. There are "no pedestrian" signs at either end as there are no pavements and this is a fairly narrow road. On our right is the Abbey Wood Caravan Club site attractively situated in Co-operative Woods and on our left is Hurst Woods. Both of these woods form part of a larger chain of woodland between Bostall Woods and Lesnes Abbey Woods. The A2041 terminates at a set of traffic lights on the A206, adjacent to a fine pre-Worboys signpost.
Original Author(s): A211 Driver