|From:||Hampton Wick (TQ174694)|
|Distance:||5.2 miles (8.4 km)|
|Meets:||A308, A313, A309, A305, A316, A3004, A315|
|Old route now:||B454|
|Route outline (key)|
The A310 starts on a roundabout at a junction with the A308 on the Middlesex bank of Kingston Bridge, and follows the Thames downstream to Brentford, mainly through ordinary suburban streets.
After leaving the A308 the A310 heads north along Hampton Wick High Street, soon passing under a railway line by the station. At Teddington, it passes an enormous and never-finished church, now seeing use as an arts centre. During WWII, it is said to have appeared on German bomber pilots' maps as "Cathedral" - and indeed it was nicknamed the Cathedral of the Thames Valley. The A313 is met just afterwards.
Approaching Twickenham, the road runs close to the river, Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Castle (now a college) appears on the other side of the road. The area also has associations with Alexander Pope, whose house at Cross Deep was connected to a riverside garden by a grotto extending underneath the road.
In Twickenham town centre we turn right to briefly multiplex with the A305, before bearing left to part company with it again 100 yards further. Twickenham does not present its best face to the main road, the riverside being a little to the south-east. We continue north, along London Road, crossing the railway line by a long, dualled bridge at the railway station, and then bearing right at traffic lights (left is the B361 leading to the International rugby ground - the whole area is completely seized up on match days).
We have the curious situation at the next roundabout that this road, known as London Road, crosses one of the principal radial routes into London - the A316. Of course, before the construction of Twickenham Bridge (and Chiswick Bridge) in 1933, the principal route from Twickenham to London was actually along the A310 London Road to Brentford and the A4. After crossing the A316, the A310 continues north through Isleworth and past the West Middlesex Hospital to meet the A315 (former A4) at Busch Corner, near Syon Park. Ahead is the B454 which leads to the current A4, although this was originally the northern end of the A310.
Original Author(s): T1(M)