|From: || Walderslade (TQ745633) |
|To: || Lords Wood (TQ771616) |
|Distance: || 2.1 miles (3.4 km)|
|Met: || A229, M2, unclassified |
|Route outline (key)|
||Walderslade - Lords Wood
The A2045 was purely a link road connecting the M2 and A229 with the housing development around Walderslade at the southern edge of the Medway Towns. However, the A2045 did not enter the Medway Council unitary authority, and passing from Tonbridge & Malling to Maidstone Borough Councils. The road is named Walderslade Woods, appropriate enough with all the surrounding woodland. The route of the A2045 is marked as unclassified in the most recent edition of the Ordnance Survey Landranger 'Thames Estuary' Map, suggesting that the road no longer exists; this is not surprising as the road ended on an unclassified road and had no use as a through route. The number A2045 does not appear on any signs - and apparently never did.
The A2045 started at the grade-separated junction with the A229 and the B2097 just to the north of the M2. It was D2 for the first few yards before narrowing to S2 through a gently curving 90-degree bend leading to a signal-controlled junction from where a short piece of dual carriageway (a spur of the A2045) linked with the much-remodelled Junction 3 of the M2. This was built as part of the M2 widening.
A2045. Walderslade Woods Road
Continuing on the mainline, the A2045 then passed under a footbridge that links Robin Hood Lane Lower with Robin Hood Lane Upper. Robin Hood Lane was the original access road to Walderslade from Bluebell Hill when Walderslade was just a few houses in the woods - but it was severed by the motorway. The A2045 then carried on for a few more miles alongside the M2 before terminating at a roundabout with three unclassified roads. There were plans for the road to be extended to meet Sharsted Way in Hempstead Valley, thus connecting the A2045 to the A278. However, these plans seem to have been put on hold and the A2045 declassified instead.