|Location Map ( geo)|
|A249, A2500, B2231|
|Sheerness, Queenboro' (B2007)|
|Leysdown, Eastchurch, Iwade (B2231)|
|Leysdown, Iwade, Lower Halstow|
Cowstead Corner, named after the nearby farm, was a T-junction up until the early 1960s. It was the first major junction visitors to Sheppey would have encountered, offering the choice of heading westwards towards Sheerness or eastwards towards Leysdown.
In the 1960s the roads were widened and a small roundabout was built to replace the T-junction.
The next change came in 2005 when the A249 was dualled. The old A249, the Sheppey Way heading southwards, was renumbered to B2231; this only appears on Ordnance Survey maps, however and isn't signed "on the ground". The other part of the A249, heading westwards towards Queenborough, became an unclassified road. A dual-carriageway links to an adjacent larger roundabout which serves as the current junction for the A249.
In recent years the roundabout has ground to a standstill for several hours each day due to queues from traffic lights a mile to the east. Although the Cowstead roundabout doesn't have lane markings, two (or sometimes three) lanes of traffic form. Road-rage is common when they merge into one lane along the A2500 as people accuse each other of pushing in. Despite a great deal of talk from local councillors and politicians the situation continues to get worse