|From:||St Helier (XD921797)|
|To:||Hautes Croix (XD919734)|
|Distance:||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Meets:||B76, A14, A9|
|Route outline (key)|
The A8 currently starts at a signalised junction with the B76 to the north of St Heliers town centre. However, it can be assumed that it previously continued south along New Street, and then Conway Street to meet the Esplanade. Heading north, New Street is currently one-way into the town at first, but opposite St Thomas's Church, the B74 joins from the right, and the A8 becomes two way, heading out of town. The A14, ring road is crossed, and then the A8 climbs up the steep Trinity Hill, winding past a Waitrose Store, beyond which there are fields on the left.
The A8 is now following La Route de la Trinite, and quickly leaves the St Helier urban area behind, and runs through the rural heart of Jersey, preserve of Jersey Cows and Jersey Royals. It is increasingly difficult to see this from the A8 however, as roadside development slowly hides the fields from view. The scattered village of Trinity is finally reached, home to the Royal Jersey Showground. In the centre of the village, the A8 doglegs around Trinity Church, with a double TOTSO, first with the B51, then the B31. A third TOTSO, with the C96, sees the route turn west and leave the village behind.
The last stretch of the A8 is unusual, in being an A road section of the main north coast road, the rest of the route being B roads, apart from the A9 which we shall meet soon. This section of the route is perhaps the prettiest, often running through a tree-lined avenue, with high hedges and walls hiding some grand houses. All too soon, however, Hautes Croix is reached, a staggered crossroads where the A8 turns left to meet the A9, which continues west across the north of the island.
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