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The A22 is one of the two-digit major roads in the south east of Englandmarker. It carries traffic from Londonmarker to Eastbournemarker on the East Sussexmarker coast. For part of its route the A22 utilises the turnpikes opened in the 18th century: By 1820 the road ran for 34 miles (54 km) from Stones End Street, Borough, London to Wych Cross.The road was extended north to Westminster Bridge which was later renamed the A23marker.


Traffic for Eastbourne begins along the A203 through Vauxhallmarker to reach its junction with the A23 roadmarker before it travels southwards through Brixtonmarker and Streathammarker passing the site of the old Croydon Aerodromemarker until, at Purley Cross Junction, south of Purleymarker, the A22 is reached. From here it runs over the North Downsmarker into Surreymarker and on along the Caterhammarker bypass, one of the oldest such roads in the country with the very early Wapses Lodge roundabout at the northern end. The route from there to Godstonemarker travels, in part, over an erstwhile Roman road. It crosses the M25 London Orbital Motorwaymarker just north of Godstone and shortly afterwards the old A25.

Just to the north of East Grinsteadmarker the road briefly enters West Sussexmarker at Felbridgemarker. At this point the A264 joins the A22 from Crawleymarker to the west. Immediately north of the town centre the A264 leaves the A22 turning east towards the spa town of Tunbridge Wellsmarker, in the county of Kentmarker. East Grinstead town centre itself is bypassed using a disused railway cutting. This stretch of road is called Beeching Way named after a local resident, Richard Beeching, whose recommendations in the form of the Beeching Report led to the closure of many branch lines throughout the country. A railway cutting there was in fact converted into the A22 bypass which some local residents wanted to call the "Beeching Cut", bearing in mind his Beeching axe in 1966 which was responsible for closing the line which originally ran from Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells Central Linemarker, so allowing its conversion to bypass.

To the south of the town the A22 crosses into East Sussexmarker just north of Forest Rowmarker. Between Forest Row and Nutleymarker the road crosses the ancient Ashdown Forestmarker: 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limits exist within the Forest, although not on the A22. At the Wych Cross junction the A275 branches south to Lewesmarker. Between Nutley and Uckfield two important cross country roads cross the path of the A22: the A272 at Maresfieldmarker, and the A26: the latter road merges with the A22 for the section round Uckfield. East Hoathlymarker, once on the A22, but now with its own bypass, and Hailshammarker - also having its own lengthy bypass - leads the road to Polegatemarker. Here the newly-opened junctions with the A27 and further new road building takes the A22 into Eastbourne.


Image:023444 5fef0e70.jpg|Godstonemarker bypassImage:A22eastbourne.jpg|The A22 in Eastbournemarker.

Image:023439 19578f83.jpg|The Caterhammarker BypassImage:A22Stonegate.jpg|At Stonegate

Image:068150_ba19047d.jpg|A22 near Summer Hill, East Sussex

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  1. Beeching Cut

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