- A229 road
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direction= North - South
The A229 is a major
roadrunning north-south through Kent.
The road begins in the
Medwaytown of Rochester at the foot of Star Hill forming a junction with the A2 road. It then climbs up through the built-up area of Chatham, passing "Troy Town" and Rochester Airport before descending the slope of the North Downsat Blue Bell Hill. As it reaches the summit of the climb there is the first of two complicated series of junctions, this with the M2 motorway. Below the road as it descends is the tunnel carrying High Speed 1. Once into the Medway Valleythe northern outskirts of Maidstoneare reached; and a second series of junctions, this time with the M20 motorwayare reached.
The A229 (6 miles (9.6km) from the start) traverses Maidstone through the suburbs of
Sandlingand Ringlestoneto the north; when the road reaches the right bank of the River Medwayit is joined by the A26 roadfrom the west. The road skirts the town and begins to climb - this time up to the Greensand Ridge. Here the road leading to Tenterden(the A274) forms a left-hand junction. The summit is reached at Loose, built on the southern slope; next, also on a hillside, is Linton; at the foot of that hill the road enters the broad valley of the "River Beult", one of the main tributaries of the River Medway. At 9 miles (14.4km) from the start, the large linear villageof Staplehurstis reached, standing on its own piece of higher ground above the plain.
Soon after Staplehurst the road begins another climb - this time up to the
Weald. During the climb it bypasses Cranbrook; and then follows a further climb into Hawkhurst. This village is in two parts: where the A268 makes a crossroads, and then lower down comes "The Moor", the lower half of the village.
At this point the A229, prior to the 1990s, followed a route south of Hawkhurst, following the course of a Roman Road passing to the west of
Bodiamand through Cripp's Corner and Sedlescombebefore meeting the A21 just south of the River Brede. This section was redesignated B2244 in the 1990s.
At The Moor the A229 has now taken over the most easterly part of the A265, so that it now joins the A21 north of Hurst Green just south of the East Sussex border, at "Cooper's Corner". This reduced its original length by some 5 miles (8km).
The A229 through Maidstone is a major bottleneck on the route, with long daily morning and evening queues entering both sides of the town. Otherwise the road passes through little in the way of built-up areas. It is principally a link between the Medway Towns, Maidstone and the south coast around
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