- A226 road
UK road routebox
ukroadsmall|2|The A226 road travels in a west-east direction, from
Crayfordin the London Borough of Bexley, along north Kentthrough Gravesend to the Medway Towns. It is about 11 miles (17.6km) in length. Before road numbering began in the United Kingdom, the road was part of the major route between Londonand Dover, the road taken by all traffic heading for mainland Europe. When the Ministry of Transportpublished its first list of road numbers, however, the building of the A2 had already begun; and the earliest map shows the projected route of that latter road; the previous road being relegated to what is now the A226.
The road begins with an end-on junction with the A207 to the east of the town of
Crayfordin the London Borough of Bexley. Both roads are marked on street maps as being part of the Roman road Watling Street; although the A207 is "Crayford Road", the A226 being "Dartford Road". After one mile the road becomes "West Hill" where the descent into the valley of the River Darentand the town of Dartfordbegins. At the foot of the hill the clockwise ringroad is encountered: the original road continued through what is now the pedestrianised High Street. Roads making up the Ring Road are (from the west): Highfield Road; Westgate; Home Gardens; Market Street; Lowfield Street (which continues south as the A225 road); and Instone Road.
Beyond the Ring Road is "East Hill", still part of Watling Street. At its top the road becomes The Brent: a junction here takes traffic south-east on the
A296 roadto connect with the Dartford Crossing. The Brent crosses a bridge over the A282 roadhere. This is the only part of the M25 which not a motorway, where it crosses the River Thamesby tunnel and bridge.
From here the road follows a somewhat undulating course as it passes through areas of
chalkwhich have been excavated for the cementindustry, many of which factories having been closed down. The villages of Stone, Greenhitheand Swanscombeall lie along this stretch of the road. Near the latter the line of the Channel Tunnel Rail Linkis crossed, after which the built-up area of Northfleetand Gravesend is reached.
As with Dartford, Gravesend has a ring road: this takes traffic around the town centre via Bath Street, West Street, Harmer Street, Milton Road, Parrock Street (where there is junction with the
A227 road), Windmill Street, Stone Street, Rathmore Road and Pelham Road. The A226 leaves Gravesend via Milton Road and continues east through the one-time village of Milton-next-Gravesendand Denton. It by-passes south of the village of Chalk via the 1930s " Arterial road". This section of the A226 also follows the 1711turnpike road between Gravesend and Rochester. The next village, lying mainly to the north of the road, is Higham; immediately following that is the junction with the dual-carriaway A289, the Medway Towns Northern Relief Road.
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