|Location Map ( geo)|
|Via:||Tattenham Corner, Tadworth|
|Distance:||4.6 miles (7.4 km)|
|Meets:||A24, B289, B2221, B2220, B2032, A217|
|Route outline (key)|
The B290 is a relatively short B-road running south from the Surrey town of Epsom. The road is the highest-numbered B2xx road in the original 1922 road list and indeed the only Bx90 in that list in England - the anomalous number presumably arises from the fact that the B259 was allocated for numerical rather than geographical reasons and all the higher numbers were bumped up one.
The road starts in Epsom at the A24 on the Epsom gyratory system, the eastern section of which was the original northern end of the B290. It goes south and climbs Ashley Road to the Downs and turns east to run alongside Epsom Racecourse. It meets the end of the B289 at the Derby Arms roundabout, which also provides the main entrance to the racecourse grandstand.
The B290 then continues to run parallel to the racecourse as far as Tattenham Corner where it joins both branches of the B2221. It then heads south alongside the Tattenham Corner branch line, crossing it twice, the second time adjacent to Tadworth station. In Tadworth it meets the B2220 and multiplexes west along it for a short distance before regaining its number and heading east across Banstead Heath. The road has been slightly rerouted here but the original route of the B290 cannot be followed on the ground.
The B290 crosses the B2032 via 'Give Way' signs and terminates less than half a mile later at a LILO junction on the A217, thus forcing traffic to head north. However, the easiest way to get from the B290 to the A217 would have been to turn left onto the B2220 in Tadworth to reach a roundabout about half a mile further on; this provides access to the A217 in both directions.