A35 road

A35 road

UK road routebox
road= A35
direction= West-East
start= Honiton
destinations= Dorchester
end= Southampton
junctions= ukroadsmall|375 ukroadsmall|373 ukroadsmall|30 ukroadsmall|358 ukroadsmall|3052 ukroadsmall|3066 ukroadsmall|37 ukroadsmall|354 ukroadsmall|352 ukroadsmall|31 ukroadsmall|351 ukroadsmall|350 ukroadsmall|3049 ukroadsmall|349 ukroadsmall|338 ukroadsmall|347 ukroadsmall|3060 ukroadsmall|337 ukroadsmall|326 ukroadsmall|36 ukmotorwaysmall|271 ukroadsmall|3024 ukroadsmall|3057 ukroadsmall|33 ukroadsmall|335 ukroadsmall|27

The A35 is a trunk road in southern England, running from Honiton in Devon, that then passes through Dorset and terminates in Southampton, Hampshire. It originally ran from Exeter to Southampton, however the original A35 ran along what is now the A3052 and would join the present A35 at Charmouth.

Route of Road

Beginning in Honiton off the A30 road, the A35 travels in a roughly south-easterly direction past Axminster, Charmouth and Bridport. After Bridport, there is a two-mile section of dual carriageway, before it reaches its bypass around Dorchester. After Dorchester, there is approximately eight miles of dual carriageway, including the Puddletown bypass, until it reaches its roundabout with the A31 road at Bere Regis. Continuing roughly south-easterly still, it becomes dual carriageway again near Upton, before returning to a single carriageway through Poole and Bournemouth, apart from a small section of dual carriageway on Wessex Way. Upon reaching Christchurch, there is a dual carriageway on the bypass. It then heads in a north-easterly direction through the New Forest, passing through the town of Lyndhurst where it meets the A337 road (to Lymington). It continues through Ashurst and Totton, meeting the A36 road and M27 motorway at grade separated junctions. It then turns north-east, acting as the western part of Southampton's ring road, with the A27 road making up the eastern part. It terminates at Swaythling, on the northern outskirts of Southampton.

Within Bournemouth, it has been diverted around the Sovereign Centre of Boscombe along Centenary Way; much of the former road is pedestrianised. The road through Poole and Bournemouth passes through suburbs.


The A35 is one of the main routes along the South Coast, and has congestion a result. To help solve this problem, sections of the A35 are in the process of being upgraded between Honiton and Bere Regis. Some of the improvements have involved the construction of new dual carriageway bypasses such as the Puddletown bypass which opened in 1999, whereas other improvements include new sections of single carriageway road, for example the straightening of the A35 between Slepe and the Upton bypass in 2004, and the extension of the 50 m.p.h. limit west of Slepe by one mile in 2007. The programme of improvements are due to be completed by September 2026.

External links

* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/f99/35.shtml SABRE page on the A35]
* [http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/3505.aspx Highways Agency - Exeter to Bere Regis A30/A35 improvements]

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