|From:||Odd Down (ST739622)|
|Length:||2.5 miles (4 km)|
|Meets:||A367, B3110, A36|
|Route outline (key)|
The A3062 is a short 'A' road running through the southern side of the Somerset city of Bath. It has become seriously compromised by weight limits through Combe Down, due to the unstable nature of the Stone Mines beneath.
The road starts at the Odd Down Roundabout on the A367, and heads east along Frome Road, soon crossing the B3110 at a pair of mini-roundabouts. It then continues along Bradford Road through the largely suburban Combe Down to a TOTSO at the top of Ralph Allen Drive, next to Prior Park. Here the A3062 turns north down Ralph Allen Drive whilst the road ahead curves around the top of the hill to the University at Claverton Down. Ralph Allen Drive drops teadily down the hill, often set between high park walls. It then becomes Prior Park Road, which cuts between the pretty 'villages' of Widcombe and Lyncombe, both tranquil havens at the heart of this bustling city. A row of fine Georgian houses sit up to the left, followed by a meaner row of workers cottages from the same era, and then the A3062 comes to an end on the A36 at the recently revised Widcombe Parade Junction. This has seen a very short extension of the route along the former westbound carriageway of the A36, otherwise known as Claverton Street.
The unclassified westward extension from Odd Down to The Globe Inn on the A39 / A4 Roundabout is part of the same route for many A3062 users, as is the unclassified eastward extension which leads to Brassnocker Hill (and so Bradford-on-Avon) or the University at Claverton Down. Between them, they form an unofficial southern ring road to the city, which avoids the congestion of the centre, but is by no means a clear run with numerous signals, roundabouts and junctions to negotiate.