A240 road (Great Britain)

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Burgh Heath, Surrey
51°18′21″N 0°13′11″W / 51.30591°N 0.21986°W / 51.30591; -0.21986

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Kingston upon Thames, Greater London
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The A240 is a partially primary status A road in Surrey and Greater London that connects the A217 with the A3 and continues beyond through Surbiton to Kingston upon Thames. The road is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long[1] and is dualled from the Ewell bypass to Tolworth Broadway. In conjunction with the A3 it provides an alternative to the congested A24 corridor through Morden and Merton

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Route

The A240 runs through three boroughs, starting in Burgh Heath in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, then going through the Borough of Epsom and Ewell and finishes at Kingston town centre in The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in Greater London.

Reigate and Banstead

Branching off the A217 on at Burgh Heath, at the north of a plateau of the North Downs at 178m OD,[2] the road descends northwest passing the large village of Great Burgh or Epsom Downs as a single carriageway primary road, through traffic-lit crossroad junctions with the suburban B2221[n 1].

The B2221[n 2] branches off and after there is a crossroads for Yew Tree Bottom Road[n 3], it crosses the Sutton and Mole Valley Epsom Downs branch line immediately before exiting the borough.

Epsom and Ewell

The road enters the Borough of Epsom and Ewell just before A2022 leaves westbound at a roundabout. After, the A240 continues on its descent through a short stretch of tree-lined open space, before returning to a more suburban setting at the outskirts of Ewell.

At the bottom of this incline the elevation reaches 45m OD[2] and the A24 joins from the southwest. After meeting the A24 the gradient slows it runs concurrently with the A24 road as the Ewell Bypass and becomes a dual carriageway. The bypass shortly afterwards meets the B2200 at the crossroads with the start of the A232 At the next crossroads, the A24 heads off north-east, when meeting the B2200 again, whilst the bypass continues as the A240 north-west as a boundary between Ewell and Stoneleigh.

It becomes Kingston Road at the Beggars Hill Roundabout with Park Avenue West heading east into Stoneleigh. The road then goes under the railway line near Stoneleigh railway station with Ewell Court to the west and Stoneleigh to the east. The Road then passes two sets of traffic lights, one by Stoneleigh Park road for the railway station and Bradford Drive, and the second, with Thorndon Gardens.

The road then enters West Ewell where it meets the B284 again at Ruxley Lane. The B284 then branches off at the next junction on Worcester Park Road just before Tolworth Court Bridge. In rush hour, traffic jams from Tolworth Junction with the A3 can get as far back as the junction with Thorndon Gardens.

Greater London

The A240 then enters the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in Greater London as it goes over the Hogsmill River, a tributary of the River Thames at Tolworth Court Bridge. It then goes under another railway bridge by Tolworth railway station before crossing the A3 at the Tolworth junction, a grade separated roundabout.

Now as a non primary road and a single carriageway road again, the A240 proceeds north-westerly as Tolworth Broadway and passes a well-known landmark, Tolworth Tower before becoming Ewell Road with the short A3210 link to the A243 exiting northwest and entering Surbiton before it crosses the South Western Main Line northeast of Surbiton railway station.

In Surbiton it has two junctions with the commercial roads that form the B3363, then it turns due North has a junction with the short link road B3365 to the A307 before it terminates on the A307 in a roundabout by the Hogsmill River, near where it joins the River Thames in Kingston town centre.

Notes and references

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External links

  • SABRE Roads by Ten - A240
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