|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.9 miles (3.1 km)|
|Meets:||A229, A2, A231|
|Old route now:||A229|
|Route outline (key)|
Barely two miles long, the A230 must be one of the shortest 3-digit roads anywhere. It used to be a whole mile longer in days of old, when it branched off the A229 at a little junction called Bridgewood Gate on the outskirts of Chatham, the latter road taking what is now the B2097 route down into Rochester. A new route into Rochester was laid out in the 1930s, so the A230 was shorn of its southern third.
Anyway, back to the A230: from the college it rolls gently down into Chatham along the Maidstone Road, past Chatham Town F.C. and much Victorian housing, soon to reach Chatham Station where traffic lights usually mean long queues. There's still some pre-Worboys signage hereabouts. Finally it passes under the A2 (New Road) – to which it is linked via two short roads New Cut (on the west side) and Gibraltar Hill (east) – before ending at the point where the route meets the start of the A231: at the junction of Railway Street and Best Street by the (now disused) St John's church.