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The A307 Portsmouth Road running through Thames Ditton.
|Length:||13.2 mi (21.2 km)|
| A205 road
|Richmond, Kingston upon Thames|
The A307 road is a 13.2 miles (21.2 km) long link road that runs through SW London and NW Surrey, which is primary at the start but for the most part is now more local in character as a non-primary A-Road.
Richmond Upon Thames
It begins at the junction with the A205 South Circular Road beside Kew Green (, where it is named Kew Road. It then runs towards )Richmond upon Thames, through North Sheen. At the junction with the A316 in Richmond, it becomes a non-primary a-road and heads through Petersham and Ham, where it is named Petersham Road and Upper Ham Road. A B-class road, the B353, leaves the A307 in Kew and runs parallel to it, by-passing Richmond, before rejoining the A307 at Petersham.
Kingston Upon Thames
It is named Richmond Road before reaching the one-way system in Kingston upon Thames before becoming Wheatfield Way. After heading right at a roundabout with the northern terminus of the A240, it is called Kingston Hall Road, and, after turning left, passing Picton House, the road becomes Portsmouth Road. It runs next to the River Thames, heading through Surbiton. It passes a junction with the A243, shortly before exiting the borough at Seething Wells.
The road heads away from the Thames near Thames Ditton before in Hinchley Wood, going through the Scilly Isles roundabout with the A309. It travels through the town centre of Esher, crosses the A3 by way of a bridge north of Cobham, before terminating at the A3 in Cobham ( which is generally also known as Portsmouth Road. ),
Landmarks on the route
- Victoria Gate, an entrance to Kew Gardens
- Marianne North Gallery
- Kew Gardens Pagoda
- London Welsh rugby ground at Old Deer Park
- Richmond railway station
- Richmond Old Town Hall
- Richmond Brewery Stores
- Richmond Hill
- Richmond Park
- Gates of Montrose House, Petersham
- Sudbrook Park, Petersham
- Ham Common
- Kingston railway station
- Kingston Museum
- Picton House
- Seething Wells old waterworks
- Giggs Hill Green
- Scilly Isles roundabout
- Sandown Park Racecourse
- Bridge over A3 at Cobham
- Cobham RFC ground
- Cobham Hospital
The A307 follows the route of the old Portsmouth Road, particularly the section south of the junction with the A308. Since the invention of the motorway, the Portsmouth Road, now the A3, has been diverted away from towns and instead routed through countryside.
In more recent times, nearby, the A307 was notably disrupted during 1979–80 when it was closed for almost 18 months by the collapse of a sewer in its narrow section in Petersham, popularly referred to as the Petersham Hole.
- "The Petersham Lock-Up". Ham and Petersham Association. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
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