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Rufus Stone

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Rufus Stone
Location Map ( geo)
Northbound A31 near Stoney Cross - Geograph - 3285156.jpg
Turn off for Rufus Stone heading north
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Highway Authority
National Highways
Junction Type
Give Way Slip. Eastbound only
Roads Joined

Rufus Stone, as far as roads are concerned, refers to a section of the A31 which sticks out because it is built to a lower standard than the road to the west, and especially when compared with the motorway to the east.

The westbound carriageway here is the original, and had a number of minor turns, including the entrance to Castle Malwood and the road towards Minstead. These were positioned at the top of a climb (Castle Malwood Hill) and on a bend. Another exit led to Rufus's Stone, hence the name.

A new eastbound carriageway was built on a straighter alignment in the 1960s. Where the two carriageways separated and then returned, each end had a right turn, effectively turning Castle Malwood into a giant gyratory system. The eastbound right turn was closed following the construction of Cadnam Interchange, but the westbound right turn - used to access Rufus Stone - remains and is one of few right turns remaining on the dualled A31. Due to its history, it is not a direct right turn, but instead requires right-turning traffic to make a U-turn and then take the immediate left.


Route To Notes


Winchester, Bournemouth, Cadnam, Minstead, Stoney Cross, Emery Down, Ringwood Eastbound carriageway, but westbound destinations are listed too as there is no turning opportunity.


Ringwood, Bournemouth, Poole
Rufus Stone Width Restriction 6'6". No HGVs

Rufus Stone
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A31 near Rufus Stone.jpgNorthbound A31 near Stoney Cross - Geograph - 3285156.jpgA31 east Rufus Stone.jpgA31 Rufus Stone turning.jpg
Junctions on the A31
Hogs Back • Shepherd and Flock • Hickley's Corner • Coxbridge Roundabout • Chawton Roundabout • Spitfire Roundabout • Bar End • Cadnam  • Rufus Stone • Stoney Cross • Picket Post • Forest Corner • Salisbury Road Junction • Verwood Interchange • Ashley Heath Roundabout • Woolsbridge  Roundabout • Azalea Roundabout • Palmersford Roundabout • Ameysford Roundabout • Canford Bottom Roundabout • Merley Roundabout • Lake Gates Roundabout • Corfe Mullen  • Roundhouse Roundabout • Red Post • Bere Regis Roundabout

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