|Distance:||13.5 miles (21.7 km)|
|Meets:||A259, A2042, A292, A20, M20, A28|
|Former Number(s):||B2070, B2164|
|Old route now:||A2042|
|Route outline (key)|
The A2070 is an important A-road in Kent, linking Brenzett with Ashford and the M20. It is used by traffic heading south from Folkestone and Dover, which meant in the 1990s it was completely rebuilt and now only a small section still runs on the original route. It is perhaps the only road in the UK to have been a B road, A road, primary route and trunk road.
The road starts at a roundabout in Brenzett (formerly a T-junction) and runs completely flat crossing its old route at various points. The single section of old road is traversed until it leaves, heading for Hamstreet. The route now bypasses Hamstreet, climbing the ridge of clay hills and crossing the Marshlink Line and B2067. A link road to the old route appears at the top of the hill, after which the old route is not seen again. Five straight miles parallel to the Marshlink Line and one roundabout later, it reaches the burgeoning suburbs of Ashford and spirals up elegantly onto the dual carriageway Ashford South Orbital road. In the other direction, the road TOTSOs with the A2042 heading straight ahead. After another roundabout, the road meets the A292, A20 and the M20 at the notorious Junction 10. Beyond this, the A2070 is a suburban route passing the William Harvey Hospital and Julie Rose stadium, briefly glimpsing countryside before the suburbs once again encroach as it nears the A28 at a roundabout, where it has reached its end.
The A2070 came into existence in the 1980s as an upgrade of the B2081 from Brenzett to Snave and then the B2070 to the Ashford ring road. Later on, the road had been further upgraded to primary, then trunk road status to relieve the A259 between Brenzett and Folkestone. In the 1990s the road was completely reconstructed, bypassing Snave and Hamstreet, removing Ruckinge Level Crossing and creating Park Farm Estate. Following the construction of the Ashford Southern Bypass in 1993, the A2070 was extended north along the bypass and what was the B2164 to reach the A28.
Ashford and Shepway Roads Database