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A278

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A278
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Rainham (TQ796664)
To:  Bredhurst (TQ801628)
Distance:  2.5 miles (4 km)
Meets:  A2, M2
Highway Authorities

Medway

Traditional Counties

Kent

Route outline (key)
A278 Rainham - Bredhurst
This article is about the current A278, a road in the Medway Towns area between Rainham and Bredhurst.
For the original A278, which ran between East Grinstead and Horsham,, see A278 (East Grinstead - Horsham)
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The 1966 OS Route Planning Map incorrectly showed the road as a motorway spur under construction
The error was repeated for the following two years after opening
Before finally being corrected in the 1969 edition

The A278 number is used for the A2-M2 link east of the Medway towns, and was built in conjunction with the M2 project, though it opened some years after the motorway. It used to be marked as a trunk road on 1970s maps, but that is not the case nowadays: it's non-primary all the way, albeit a dual-carriageway.

Rainham - Bedhurst

Hoath Way A278

There's very little to say about this road, except to say that it is often choc-a-bloc with folk making use of the Hempstead Valley shopping centre; oh, and it does lead to Gillingham ice rink. It leaves the A2 at a roundabout by the business park, and runs for 3 miles or so to the motorway, bisecting the villages of Hempstead and Wigmore on the way. It ends at M2 J4, a roundabout interchange with only the three roads (A278 and both directions of the motorway) leading off it. And that's about it – though it does share with its close neighbour, the A289, the distinction of being a dual-carriageway throughout its entire length. Not even the A1 can boast that!




A278
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