|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Three Mile Cross Interchange (SU717687)|
|Via:||Whitley Wood Lane, Lower Earley Way|
|Distance:||4 miles (6.4 km)|
|Meets:||M4, A33, A327, A329, A3290|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3270 is a four-mile-long link road through Lower Earley on the south-east edge of Reading. Providing for local traffic between the A33 (and, by extension, the M4) and the A327, it was constructed in the late 1970s following the expansion of the Lower Earley housing estate.
The route begins at J11 of the M4, which is principally an interchange between the motorway and the A33. There are no less than five clockwise lanes (plus a sixth one for buses) on the interchange roundabout at this point, and drivers must be careful not to confuse the start of the B3270 with the onslip leading to the London-bound carriageway of the M4, since both roads run eastward from here.
Our road is sandwiched between a housing estate to the north and the M4 to the south, although both are largely hidden from view by trees and hedges, and no buildings front our road. Presently the road curves left away from the motorway and we pass the extensive offices of the energy services company John Wood Group (housed in the former Berkshire County Council's Shire Hall) before intersecting the A327 at a roundabout. When first opened, the B3270 had met the A327 about 75 metres further north of the present roundabout and crossed the A-road via a staggered crossroads.
On the far side of the roundabout we rejoin the M4 and continue to be sandwiched between that and housing. Two adjacent roundabouts provide access to Lower Earley. We then bear left to follow the River Loddon in place of the motorway. There are two further roundabouts, more spread out this time, then we cross the river and pass to the west of Winnersh. Shortly afterwards we reach the end of the road at a hamburger roundabout. We can access the A329 via the roundabout or go through the middle to turn into the A3290, which leads to Loddon Bridge Interchange and the A329(M).