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The A22 is one of the two-digit major roads in the south east of England. Radial, it carries traffic from London to the Eastbourne area of the East Sussex coast, in which town it ends. For part of its route the A22 utilises the turnpikes opened in the 18th century:

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A22 in near Eastbourne in East Sussex.
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North endLondon (Purley)51°20′15″N 0°07′00″W / 51.3375°N 0.1166°W / 51.3375; -0.1166Coordinates: 51°20′15″N 0°07′00″W / 51.3375°N 0.1166°W / 51.3375; -0.1166
 [ M 25 🛣 ] M25 motorway
A23 A23 road
A25 A25 road
A26 A26 road
A27 A27 road
A259 A259 road
A264 A264 road
A267 A267 road
A271 A271 road
A272 A272 road
A275 A275 road
A283 A283 road
A295 A295 road
A2022 A2022 road
A2280 A2280 road
A2290 A2290 road
South endEastbourne50°47′06″N 0°16′26″E / 50.785°N 0.274°E / 50.785; 0.274
East Grinstead
Road network

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 A23.



The A22 diverges from the A23 south of London at Purley Cross Junction (south of Purley). It runs over the North Downs into Surrey, crossing the M25 London Orbital Motorway just north of Godstone. This section incorporates the Caterham bypass, which opened in 1939 as one of the earliest such roads in the country, including the Wapses Lodge roundabout at the northern end.[1] It then travels along the route of an ancient Roman road.

To the south of the M25, the road briefly enters West Sussex at Felbridge, just to the north of East Grinstead, and the A264 between Crawley and Tunbridge Wells merges with the A22 for a short section. The A22 bypasses East Grinstead town centre, running along a disused railway cutting, part of a line which closed as a consequence of the Beeching Report, which cut large numbers of local rail services. Richard Beeching was a local resident, and as a result, some local residents wanted to call this section the "Beeching Cut".[2]

To the south of East Grinstead the A22 crosses into East Sussex, just north of Forest Row. Between Forest Row and Nutley the road crosses the ancient Ashdown Forest. The A22 is the only road through the forest not subject to 40mph speed limits. The A275 branches south to Lewes at the Wych Cross junction. Both the A272 and the A26 cross the A22 between Nutley and Uckfield. The A26 merges with the A22 for the section round Uckfield. There are bypasses of East Hoathly and Hailsham. There is a junction with the A27, to the north of the end of the A22, in Eastbourne.


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  1. ^ "Wapses Lodge Roundabout - A local history article by Ruth Sear". The Caterham and District Independent. 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ Beeching Cut

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