Although not signed as such, the B2248 in Canterbury provides a short-cut for light traffic from the A28 on the north-east side of the city centre to the A290 in the west, avoiding the more congested route via A-roads to the south.
It starts at the Kingsmead Roundabout, Northgate, and heads north-west along a short wide road before coming to a roundabout (St John's) which provides access to a Sainsbury's store. The route then bridges the River Great Stour before TOTSOing left at another roundabout (St Stephen's). Continuing from here along the residential St Stephen's Road we come to the small Causeway Roundabout, from where we could reach the A290 by simply continuing straight ahead along North Lane. However, the B2248 TOTSOs right to follow Station Road West, which soon turns sharply to the left to pass Canterbury West railway station before ending at a mini-roundabout junction with the A290 130 m north-west of the city's West Gate.
This is vaguely the route that the unbuilt phases of the Canterbury ring road would have taken, especially at the Westgate end. The Ring Road scheme was cancelled in the early 1970s, not long after Phase 2 (Pin Hill, Rhaodaus Town, Upper and Lower Bridge Street) had been completed in 1969.