|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Oxleas Wood (TQ441757)|
|Distance:||5 miles (8 km)|
|Met (1927):||A210, A223, A221, A2|
|Now part of:||A2|
|Route outline (key)|
The A295 has a curious history. The number was originally allocated to Rochester Way, the proposed Bexleyheath bypass (as shown in the relevant 1927 MOT map), one of a string of relief roads built in the 1920s to bypass the towns on Watling Street in Kent.
The other bypasses were all planned and opened as the A2, and it is unclear why the Bexleyheath bypass should have been treated differently. It is also unclear whether the bypass ever actually bore the A295 number - according to the relevant ten mile map it had become the A2 by 1932 - and the A295 number had been reused elsewhere.
The would-be A295 retains the A2 number except at each end: the western end near Oxleas Wood is now unclassified and the eastern end on Dartford Heath has been bypassed and is now a dead end leading to industrial premises, although it is still named Rochester Way.