|Location Map ( geo)|
|A3 passing under the roundabout|
|Transport for London|
|A3, A243, A309|
|Junctions related to the A243|
|Junctions related to the A309|
This junction is also known as the Ace of Spades, after a 1930s roadhouse that was located there. This name is still seen on the Shell petrol station on the roundabout. However, the official name that appears on road signs on the A3 is Hook Junction.
Prior to the 1960s, it was a simple roundabout on the single carriageway A3 Kingston Bypass. In the 1960s the A3 to the south was built, requiring the A3 through here to be upgraded.
Note that there are no west facing slips on the A3. The slip roads heading west from the roundabout go to and come from the A309 only. This is a botch caused by the alteration of the original planned layout. In 1966 the plan was for a junction allowing all movements. By 1968 the plan had changed to the layout that was eventually built. The main reason for the change was the underpass beneath the roundabout that was built prior to the Esher Bypass. It was built as D2 whilst the A3 to the east was D3. With the Esher Bypass planned as D3 there would have been a short section of D2 at Hook. The 1966 layout conveniently uses the south facing slips on the A3 for the lane drop from the southerly direction.
|(M25) Portsmouth, Guildford|
|Central London, Sutton (A240) (Industrial Estates)|
|Dorking (A24), Leatherhead, Chessington, Hook, Chessington World of Adventures|
|Staines, Esher, Hinchley Wood, Staines (A308), Hampton Court Palace|
|Kingston, Surbiton (A307)|
|(M3) Heathrow, Uxbridge||Ringway 3|
|Dartford, Gatwick (M23)||Ringway 3|