TQ6158 : Approaching Junction 2A, Eastbound M26

taken 4 years ago, near to Wrotham, Kent, Great Britain

Approaching Junction 2A, Eastbound M26
Approaching Junction 2A, Eastbound M26
The only junction on the M26 is numbered 2A to fit in with the M20's junction numbering. This is due to it originally being part of the M20 (as junction 3), with the planned line of the M20 taking a slightly more southerly route than today's, when the M20 was extended westwards towards London.
The M26 Motorway
Opened in September 1980, the M26 motorway in Kent serves as a link between M25 and M20.It has been called a "glorified sliproad" by some (eg LinkExternal link CBRD), since all it does is cut the corner for traffic going between the M25 southern section and M20, providing a shortcut for traffic travelling from the Channel Ports to the south and west of London. It does, however, have one unique exit which is numbered 2A to fit in with the M20's junction numbering.

Construction of the M26 began in 1977, although a route on a similar alignment was originally proposed in the Greater London Plan in 1944 as part of proposed post war improvements to London area transport network. Those proposals were developed further in the 1960s as part of the London Ringways plan and the route of the M26 at that time formed part of Ringway 4 and would have been designated as part of the M25.

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TQ6158, 37 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 13 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 7 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
Motorway (from Tags)
M26 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6133 5836 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.0903N 0:18.7715E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6125 5838
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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