A30/Bullington Cross - Salisbury
|From:||Bullington Cross (SU461421)|
|To:||St Marks Roundabout, Salisbury (SU149306)|
|Length:||23.3 miles (37.5 km)|
|Meets:||A34, A36, A272, A303, A338, A343, A3057, B3084|
|Former Number(s):||A34, A341, A3057, B3379|
|Old route now:||A36|
|Route outline (key)|
Bullington Cross - Salisbury
We pick the route back up at Bullington Cross Junction. The A30 starts on a roundabout with Eastbound sliproads from the A303 and Northbound sliproads from the A34. We pass under the A34 to the North and then the A303 to the East, where the Westbound sliproads come from the A303 join us at a T-Junction, and then finally another roundabout with the Southbound sliproads from the A34. We head south here along the former A34 to Sutton Scotney, meeting the village of Bullington almost immediately. The current A34 appears on the right behind a fence for a little while before the two roads split once more and we pass over a bridge over the River Dever. The road along here is quite wooded but it is quite a pleasant drive, and as we leave the woods we pass a house or two before leaving Bullington and into farmland.
The road now starts to get twisty as we pass a few more houses and then the limit drops from NSL to 40mph as we enter Sutton Scotney. We quickly meet a roundabout, where the 1933 revised route joins us and we turn right past a Petrol station onto another roundabout splits the former A34 and the A30 toward Stockbridge. This section of road was probably built in the 30's soon after the A30 was routed this way and is a nice sweeping curve or good alignment. A route confirmation sign meets us around halfway along this short section. Only 22 miles to Salisbury!
The original Stockbridge road at a T-Junction and we leave Sutton Scotney's 40mph limit just before we cross the A34 and the road becomes a typical, barely improved rural S2. We curve to the right and then head along a good couple of miles worth of Roman Road, only meeting a local road at a T-Junction before we get to a staggered crossroads. North of here is another local road, and to the south is another Roman Road to Winchester, the A272. A couple of houses and a car garage meet us here and we continue along dead straight for around another three miles, where the straight road ends 2 miles outside of Stockbridge.
The road curves right at a T-Junction for another Local Road which meets the B3049 to the south, and we hug the side of a hill which gives some great views of the countryside. The road straightens out once more for a mile, passing a farm before descending towards another roundabout with the A3057, which heads north of here towards Andover. The old A30 carried straight on before the descent, to curve right into Stockbridge. It's quite a large roundabout, one of 2 on the approach to the town, befitting the form trunk status of this road, although it is probably a more recent improvement.
We head along a nice stretch of S2 before reaching another sign welcoming us to Stockbridge and a complementary 30mph speed limit. The A3057 turning left, where it immediately TOTSO's to right and the previously mentioned B3049 (which is the dominant number in the multiplex on the signs) heads East to Winchester. We head right here and through the centre of Stockbridge on a lovely wide S2 section, with buildings lining either side. We start to leave the centre and into the fringes of the town, where we encounter a rather strange section of road. We head up a steep hill (still 30mph mind) and do a sharp right turn just as the carriageways split, into a former D2, dating from the 60's, where it is now briefly D1 and then the crawler lane opens up to the left and the limit returns to NSL, although half of the hill has already been climbed. The Eastbound side would have been two lanes wide as well but this has been hatched down to one. We head up hill some more where a lane for Danebury Hillfort opens up to the right as we do the final stretch of hill and lose the crawler lane.
As we start to slowly descend the other side, we hit more Roman Road, passing very little at all. The only thing of any interest is that the road is quite narrow; only wide enough for S2 and not much else. We pass another cross roads before encountering a few bends. At the bottom of a hill there is a tight corner where the road narrows briefly as you go around, where we lose the centre markings.
We head back up hill to another short section of straight road, before bearing left and meeting another crossroads. This one is with a classified road, the B3084. The southern section goes to Romsey, and the north to the A343. We curve gently to the right and meet another section of Roman Road where we meet our first 50mph limit, and then after a mile or so we curve to the left and sharp right to a T-Junction! Yes, we have met the original A30 (now A343) to Andover at Lopcombe Corner, and this TOTSO is a relic of the renumberings. This was a priority A30 junction until the A343 became the major road. There was a café and filling station here until the 80's. We turn left here and head along more straight road for mile after mile, losing the 50mph limit soon after Lopcombe Corner, with only a few houses for company.
The only bit of interest on this section is a brief D2 section, which has a junction in the middle for Thorney Down Transfer Station. Otherwise it is yet more straight road for a couple of miles more. We pass a fork for Old Malthouse Lane, where we start to descend once more through bends, which has sections of double white lines and long dashes due to them.
We then enter some trees and immediately meet St Thomas Roundabout. This one is for the A338 and a local road. We cross straight ahead here and we pick up primary status as we multiplex with the A338. We hit a 40mph limit almost straight away and pass under a low bridge for the railway, before meeting Hampton Park Roundabout. We have got to Salisbury. The road remains S2 through here and we meet our third roundabout in quick succession; this one is called Bishopdown Farm. We continue heading south to a signalised junction for a housing estate, and another T Junction soon after for the estate on the other side. We pass over two more rail lines before house line the sides, with their drive ways on the road, although this is short lived as we meet St Marks Roundabout, where we meet the A36. The A338 continues it's multiplex to the south, and we multiplex with the A36 to the West. This is the end of of this part of the journey.