A34 Trunk Road :: Shared Description

The A34 is a major road which runs from the A33 and M3 at Winchester in Hampshire, to the A6 & A6042 in Salford, Greater Manchester. It forms a large part of the major trunk route from Southampton, via Oxford, to Birmingham, The Potteries and Manchester.

The road is in two sections. The northern section runs south through Manchester and Cheadle, and bypasses Handforth, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, before passing through Congleton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the southern suburbs of Stoke-on-Trent. It then continues south via Stone, Stafford, Cannock and Walsall, passes through the middle of Birmingham (where it briefly merges with the A41), before meeting the M42 motorway at junction 4 south of Solihull.

The southern section begins some 50 miles (80 km) to the south, at junction 9 of the M40 motorway, 10 miles (16 km) north of Oxford. It continues south as the western part of the Oxford Ring Road, crossing the River Thames on the A34 Road Bridge. It then bypasses Abingdon, Didcot, and Newbury before finally finishing just east of Winchester, at junction 9 of the M3 motorway. This part of the A34 is dual carriageway throughout.

Together with parts of the M3 and the M40, the southern section of the A34 forms an important route carrying freight from Southampton to the Midlands. Because of the volume of traffic, bypasses were built along this route; at Newbury on the A34, and at Twyford Down near Winchester on the M3, but these were controversial for environmental reasons and were the scene of significant direct action environmental protests in the 1990s. Instead of cutting a short road tunnel through Twyford Down, the entire escarpment was carved-out and the motorway placed through it.

(abridged from Wikipedia LinkExternal link )
by David Dixon
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SJ8692 : Kingsway (A34) by David Dixon
SU4561 : Tot Hill Services (A34) by David Dixon
SP5215 : B4027 bridge over A34 in rush hour by David Smith
SJ8641 : Trentham, Stone Road (A34) by David Dixon
SU4643 : Layby on the Northbound A34 by David Dixon
SU4539 : Access Bridge (Sutton Manor Farm) by David Dixon
SP4806 : A34 at Botley Interchange by David Dixon
SU4633 : Northbound A34 near Littleton by David Dixon
SU4633 : Bridge over A34 near Littleton by David Dixon
SU4640 : Northbound A34 near Upper Bullington by David Dixon
SJ8398 : Manchester, Quay Street (A34) by David Dixon
SU4771 : Northbound A34, Curridge by David Dixon
SJ8565 : Congleton Road by David Dixon
SP5418 : Northbound A34 near Wendlebury Junction by David Dixon
SU4562 : Northbound A34 by David Dixon
SJ8376 : Railway Bridge over Melrose Way (A34) by David Dixon
SJ8497 : Under the Mancunian Way by Gerald England
SJ8350 : A34 north of Newcastle-under-Lyme by Jonathan Hutchins
SU4646 : Northbound A34, Turnoff for Overton by David Dixon
SU4651 : Layby on the Southbound A34 by David Dixon
SJ8447 : Council flats alongside the A34 by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8694 : Birchfields Road by Gerald England
SU4552 : Northbound A34 by David Dixon
SJ8472 : Milestone on A34 by Philip Cornwall
SJ8447 : Approaching Milehouse roundabout by Jonathan Hutchins

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Created: Mon, 7 Jan 2013, Updated: Mon, 7 Jan 2013

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