|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Meets:||A2, A2, A20, A210|
|Route outline (key)|
The A2213 is quite an important link road between the A2 and the A20; the section between the junction with the Rochester Way Relief Road at Kidbrooke Station and the junction with the A20 and A210 (Sidcup Road and Eltham Road) is primary. The A2213 is called Kidbrooke Park Road throughout its length.
Kidbrooke - Eltham
The A2213 leaves the A2 Shooters Hill Road at traffic lights near the Sun in the Sands roundabout; the large Victorian houses reflect the affluence of Blackheath. Further on the houses change to dates of the 1920s and 1930s. The A2213 bears to the left and we pass through a chicane, implemented by the London Borough of Greenwich to slow traffic. We pass through a width restriction that has a special gap for buses. Kidbrooke Way bears off to the left and leads straight on to the Rochester Way (the original route of the A2).
After a gentle bend to the left we arrive at a major set of lights with a link to the Rochester Way Relief Road. Do not turn left here because you will return to the Sun in the Sands roundabout as there is no right turn for eastbound traffic onto the A2. The A2213 turns right at the lights and passes over the railway to Bexleyheath and Dartford. For about 10 years a dispute raged between Railtrack/Network Rail and LB Greenwich about the upgrading of this bridge to remove a weight restriction. Happily the upgrade works were carried out and the bridge can be used again by HGVs.
The A2213 passes through the middle of the early 1970s concrete jungle of the Ferrier estate. Originally this land was occupied by a Ministry of Defence depot. The Ferrier estate is currently being demolished to be replaced by houses which ironically were planned before the Ferrier estate was built. We pass Weigall Road on our right which follows the original course of this route before Kidbrooke Park Road was improved and straightened to become the A2213 (Weigall Road was always unclassified).
On our left is Sutcliffe Park, a wide expanse of grass mostly used for sport. The River Quaggy (meaning slow-flowing river or quagmire) used to flow in a culvert around the edge of the park but has been partly opened and a lake has been created to improve flood prevention as well as aesthetics. The playing field on our right can be hired from the London Borough of Greenwich but is not normally open to the public. The A2213 terminates at traffic lights at the junction with the A20 and A210 (Eltham Road and Sidcup Road).
The A2213 is given in the 1922 Road Lists as London (Kidbrooke Park Spur (new road in course of construction)) and marked as partly under construction in the 1923 London MoT map. It was completed and opened with its planned number (partly on previously unclassified roads, partly new-build) later in the 1920s.
Original Author(s): A211 Driver