The A26 road is one of the three[dubious ] cross-country two-digit numbered roads in the southeast of England, the others being the A25 road and A27 road. It carries traffic from Maidstone in Kent in a generally south-westerly direction to Tunbridge Wells and then on to Newhaven in East Sussex. It begins its journey up the Medway valley to Tonbridge; from there it crosses the Weald through Tunbridge Wells to Uckfield, and thence follows the River Ouse to its mouth at Newhaven, bypassing Lewes by means of a road tunnel. The road is almost entirely single carriageway resulting in congestion. The original[when?] A26 at Lewes headed to Brighton roughly following the modern day A27 up to the mid 1950s.
A26 Cuilfail Tunnel in Lewes
|North east end||Maidstone|
| A20 road|
|South west end||Newhaven|
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The road runs for a total distance of some 50 miles (80 kilometres) and provides access to the North Kent area and its industrial base with the ferry port of Newhaven. In consequence it has a large Heavy Goods Vehicle usage.