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Summary

Kingston Bridge (Kingston Upon Thames).jpg
== Summary ==
Staines Bridge.jpg
Old Windsor- Straight Road signpost - Geograph - 887056.jpg
Old Windsor: Straight Road signpost
M4 J8-9 freeflow - Coppermine - 10718.jpg
M4 J8-9 freeflow

Now pay attention boys and girls. From what I can gather no sabristi has yet attempted to have a go at redesigning this junction. What I've done is removed the horrible traffic light controlled roundabout and replaced it with a tangle of slip roads. For the first time in nearly 40 years it will be possible for A404(M)-M4(E) traffic to use the original alignment of the A4(M). Because J9a is so close I've had to add C/D roads to the eastbound carriageway to avoid weaving.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 19, 2007 by Truvelo
The A308, Bisham - Geograph - 856532.jpg
The A308, Bisham
A slightly winding section of the Maidenhead to Marlow road alongside Goulding's Wood.
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Road Sign & Railway Bridge
Looking South on King St, facing the very large railway bridge next to Maidenhead station.
Runnymede Interchange.PNG
Runnymede Interchange as it is now.
New Kings Road Fulham - Coppermine - 21638.JPG
New Kings Road Fulham Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 10, 2009 by DavidNW9
A3 Robin Hood Roundabout - Geograph - 675837.jpg
A3 Robin Hood Roundabout
It's a roundabout, Jim, but not as we know it..., since you can't drive round it, at least not since 1995 can you have done. Actually this is now just the junction between the A3 and the A308 Kingston Vale. In the photo, which was taken from the footbridge, the southbound A3 is on the right, the queuing traffic is waiting to turn south westwards on the A308 to the lower left and the northbound A3 is on the upper left. The roundabout marks the start of the Kingston Bypass, opened in 1927. Formerly the A3 followed the current route of the A308 through Kingston upon Thames.


Plans are afoot to improve access for equestrian users between Richmond Park to the left and the tracks to Wimbledon Common on the right. Apparently at present they have to rely on the courtesy of drivers on the A3 to let them pass...! The Robin Hood Gate entrance to Richmond Park is in front of the white house by the red truck trailer.

For aficionados of such things a sewer vent pipe, grey with a yellow top, forms the centrepiece of the roundabout. It is surrounded by a motley collection of utilities' cabinets.
Crooked Billet Roundabout - Geograph - 268573.jpg
Crooked Billet Roundabout
where the A30, A308 and A3044 meet. Includes traffic lights and a road running through the middle so A30 traffic does not have to travel round the edge!
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A308 John Lewis

The road passes right through the shop, which with its car park extends across the road underneath as well as above.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack K

The end of curve 6, leading to the diveunder by the station

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack L

The slope down to the diveunder - note there are only two lanes here again

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack M

Turn 7: the 180 degree corner through the diveunder below the railway

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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The A308 uses the Kingston Bridge to cross the Thames
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A308 Kingston Racetrack N

the end of Turn 7: curving into Sopwith Way at the top of the climb up from the diveunder. The car park on the left would be another possibility for the pits - the pit lane would be the A307 turn off seen on the left

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack O

Turn 8, righthander into Richmond Road, before dropping back under the railway again

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack P

A view from the railway station of turn 6 (in the distance, where the bus is) and turn 9 (in the foreground), with the Rotunda in the background on the left

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
A308 Kingston Racetrack Q - Coppermine - 2198.JPG
A308 Kingston Racetrack Q

Turn 9, the lefthander out of Richmond Road into Wood Street, seen from under the bridge. This is the traffic previously seen in photo J: but we are now facing the other way

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack R

.............and so back into Wood Street, and the finishing straight. Do you want to go round again?

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack A

Someone suggested the one-mile circumnavigation of Kingston's one-way system might make a good motor-racing circuit. So here we are, looking back towards the town centre along Wood Street (which I suggest as the pit straight, using the Wood Street bus station seen on the right as the pits themselves).

Wait for the lights, then Go, Go, Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack B

Looking the other way from the same position as the last picture.

Into Turn 1, from Wood Street into Queen Elizabeth Road. A nasty corner, that tightens up part way through. It is not unknown for cars do overdo it and end up in the grounds of Tiffin School, seen in the background

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack C

looking from the Tiffin School Corner along Queen Elizabeth Road towards the junction with London Road and Fairfield North

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack E

Turn 2, by the Lovekyn Chapel. Only two lanes here, as we take the turn into Fairfield North

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack E

The straight after Turn 2 - looking along Fairfield North from outside Kingston Grammar School. Old London Road can be seen to the right

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack F

Old London Road - a possible alternative location for the pits - the main road can be seen to the left of the picture.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack G

Turn 3, the right hander out of Fairfield North. (The Fairfield bus station and Cattle Market car park, behind the camera, is another possible location for the pits)

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack H

After Turn 3, the short straight leading to Clarence Street

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack I

Turns 4 and 5 - a quick right and left between the shops in Clarence Street towards the Rotunda

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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A308 Kingston Racetrack J

Turn 6 - the left hander by the station - note the traffic approaching Turn 9 from the opposite direction under the bridge on the right of the picture.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 12, 2005 by t1(M)
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Ringway plans - West Cross Route (southern section)

Article from The Times, Friday, Oct 16, 1970

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 31, 2005 by DavidB
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M3 to M4 proposed route

Robemptystage Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 30, 2005 by M4Simon

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A308, July 1964 - Coppermine - 20078.jpg
A308, July 1964

Until finding this, I had thought the 1961 opening was all of the Staines bypass. In fact, it was only the busier A30 section.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 15, 2008 by SteveA30
Putney Bridge to Parsons Green and back... (C) Basher Eyre - Geograph - 2362982.jpg
Putney Bridge to Parsons Green and back... (C) Basher Eyre
Pavement in New Kings Road
Hampton Court Rd (C) Nigel Chadwick - Geograph - 3231206.jpg
Hampton Court Rd (C) Nigel Chadwick
Staines Road West (C) David Howard - Geograph - 2207920.jpg
Staines Road West (C) David Howard
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Kingston Bridge from Riverside Walk
Runnymede Interchange 1994 proposal.png
1994 plan for Runnymede Interchange as part of proposals to widen the M25 by means of adding CD Lanes. The eastern side of the northern roundabout would be enlarged to allow all movements between here and the southern roundabout to take place to the east of the M25. The loop near the southern roundabout would be removed. This scheme was never carried out and the subsequent widening of the M25 a decade later was carried out by the conventional means of adding additional lanes to the existing carriageway. This meant no changes were made to the junction.