|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Minster (N) (TR311657)|
|To:||Manston Airport (TR331664)|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B2190 is a short link road on the Isle of Thanet.
Starting at a roundabout on the A299 on the northern edge of Minster the B2190 heads north along a short stretch of dual carriageway, with the perimeter fence of Manston Airport immediately to the right. At the next roundabout an unclassified road (formerly the B2048) heads north to Birchington whilst the B2190 turns right. We now head east, still skirting the airport - and still dual until the next roundabout where the dual carriageway bears left into an industrial estate. The B2190 continues ahead past the back entrance to the airport into the residential area of the former RAF Manston. The road ends here at a T-junction on the B2050.
There is evidence that the B2190 came into existence around 1930 as the 1932 ten-mile map shows an unnumbered Class II road following more-or-less the same route as the present B2190. However, following the road's history is difficult.
The expansion of RAF Manston during World War II required some of the nearby roads to be closed; for example the Seventh Series map shows a gap of about half a mile on the B2050 just east of the present eastern end of the B2190. It is therefore assumed that the B2190 was downgraded in this way and is not marked on the map as what remained could not be used as a route to anywhere.
When the B2050 was rebuilt in the 1960s so was the B2190, taking on its present route along the edge of the airport for its entire length.