|From:||Pitt Roundabout (SU456282)|
|To:||North Walls (SU480298)|
|Distance:||2 miles (3.2 km)|
|Meets:||A3090, B3041, B3049, B3420, B3335, B3331, B3047, B3330|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3040 runs along the original line of the A31 into Winchester city centre from the A3090 near Oliver's Battery. In 1976 the road became an extension of the original A3090 route when the A31 was rerouted via the former B3057 and remained so until 1995.
Starting at a roundabout where the A3090 now turns onto the city's southern bypass, the B3040 heads into town along Romsey Road. The B3041 turns left at a roundabout and passes the hospital before going over the railway line to reach the city centre. Things now start getting complicated, with the road lost within the city's one-way system.
At a mini-roundabout by the West Gate traffic is signposted left - but this is the B3420. B3040 traffic turns right into the High Street which only allows traffic in this direction to access a car park. The High Street is one-way in the other direction but if we descend it on foot we soon reach traffic lights on the original line of the A33. The B3040 TOTSOs left here (with the road ahead pedestrianised) and is briefly two-way before becoming one-way again (but this time in the direction we're travelling) as we head north along Jewry Street, which has been variably the A33, A34 and A333 before becoming the B3040 in the 1990s. The road ends at the next set of lights where the B3047 continued along the ex-A33 to the north.