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Dartford Bypasses

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Dartford is a town found in the north west of Kent. Like lots of Towns, it has a bypass however unlike most towns, Dartford has three of them with the A282 forming a fourth.

First Dartford By-pass

1st Dartford By-Pass
B2174 in Dartford.jpg
This is B2174 as seen on a overbridge.
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County
Kent
Highway Authority
Kent
On road(s)
A225 • A296 • B2174
This is a 1927 map showing the whole first Dartford Bypass.

The first Dartford Bypass was built in 1924. Opened by Prince Edward (later Edward VIII), it was to ease congestion from the centre of the town. Locally named Princes Road, the road starts from the A207/A226 roundabout and it ends at the B2500 at Watling Street. As the years roll on though, it gradually got busier and busier. The biggest change to the road was the building of the A282 at what is now called the Princes Interchange. By this point, there were plans to build a new by-pass. The Second Dartford Bypass. Today the road bears no resemblance to the 1924 road. For most of the eastern section, there is a busway beside it and it has lots of traffic lights too. However it is not as quite as busy as it was before the opening of the second Dartford Bypass.

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Second Dartford Bypass

2nd Dartford By-Pass
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This is the A2 at Leyton Cross just east of the Dartford Heath Interchange.
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County
Kent
Highway Authority
Highways England
On road(s)
A2

The second Dartford Bypass is the replacement Bypass for the A2. It was originally fully D3M when it was first built in 1972. At the same time, the Darenth Interchange was also built to replace the one on the old by-pass. 35 years later though, the eastern section has been heavily rebuilt. It is now D4M and one of the junctions, the Bean Interchange was rebuilt from a ¾ diamond to a parclo/¼ dumbbell hybrid. The eastern on slip is the old pre bypass A2.

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Third Dartford Bypass

3rd Dartford Bypass
The A206 Bob Dunn Way goes over the River Darenth.jpg
This is River Darent at the 3rd Dartford Bypass overbridge.
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On road(s)
A206

The Third Dartford Bypass is the newest of the three bypasses. It is a D2 road with 2 roundabouts between them. It runs between the modern Kent/London border to the Littlebrook Interchange. It was built mainly to get easier access to Crossways and the Dartford Crossing. The road was originally named University Way as there were plans to build one of the University of Greenwich's campus here. Those plans fell though and it was still called this until 2007 when it was renamed Bob Dunn way named after a local politician.

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Dartford Bypasses
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The A206 Bob Dunn Way goes over the River Darenth.jpgOld road sign on the Dartford bypass.jpgA282 - Coppermine - 18155.jpg1st Dartford By-Pass 1972.PNGPrinces Tunnel in 2014.JPG
Other nearby roads
Dartford
NCN1 • A2 • A2(M) (Kidbrooke - Falconwood) • A206 • A207 • A225 • A226 • A282 • A295 (Bexleyheath) • A296 • A2018 • A2026 • B254 • B258 • B260 • B2174 • B2174 (Stone - Darenth Wood) • B2200 (Dartford) • B2228 • B2500 • Bluewater Parkway • EuroVelo 5 • M25 • T34 (Britain) • Watling Street