|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Wyke GU3 2HX (SU910513)|
|Distance:||13.6 miles (21.9 km)|
|Meets:||A320, A322, B3012, B3405, B3032, B380, A323|
|Old route now:||A323, B3208|
|Route outline (key)|
The A324 is a semi-urban A-road in west Surrey.
The route starts on the A320 in Woking, and forms part of the signposted route to the M3 from the town. It heads west over the Basingstoke Canal and thereafter on a relatively new relief road around St John's, passing the country's oldest crematorium in the leafy Hermitage area and onwards past Brookwood Lye to meet the A322 at a set of lights (Brookwood Crossroads, notoriously busy at peak times). Traffic for the M3 is directed northbound on the A322 from this junction.
The A324 then runs through Brookwood, with speed cushions and parked cars slowing progress, before reaching a set of lights at the western end of the village. The road takes a sharp left here, under the railway embankment through a narrow tunnel, where it then meets the B3012 (former A321, with which the road used to multiplex). The A324 carries on down Dawney Hill towards Pirbright, a nice traditional English village complete with green and pond. The sights of Brookwood Cemetery just around the corner are cunningly disguised.
After Pirbright, the A324 TOTSOs with the B3032 (former A321, marking the end of the multiplex) to the right, where the best bit of the road is. It's then a nice long and fast road with very few turnings running to the south of the rifle ranges that are abundant in this area. It eventually joins up with the A323 at Wyke, a mile or so east Ash, which road it concedes to, although in 1922 the reverse was true.
The A324 used to multiplex with the A323 through Ash (with the A324 number dominant: it was here first), before there was another section running through Badshot Lea (the current B3208) to meet the A31 at the Shepherd and Flock Roundabout, though this appears to have been declassified following the completion of the A331 in the 1990s.