At Kingston Russell Looking east along the road from Bridport to Dorchester
|Length:||96.8 mi (155.8 km)|
The A35 is a trunk road in southern England, running from Honiton in Devon, that then passes through Dorset and terminates in Southampton, Hampshire. It originally ran from Exeter to Southampton, however the original A35 ran along what is now the A3052 and would join the present A35 at Charmouth.
Beginning in Honiton off the A30 road, the A35 travels in a roughly south-easterly direction past Axminster, Charmouth and Bridport. After Bridport, there is a 2-mile (3.2 km) section of dual carriageway, before it reaches its bypass around Dorchester. After Dorchester, there are approximately 8 miles (13 km) of dual carriageway, including the Puddletown bypass, until it reaches its roundabout with the A31 road at Bere Regis. Continuing roughly south-easterly still, it becomes dual carriageway again near Upton, before returning to a single carriageway through Poole and Bournemouth, apart from a small section of dual carriageway on Wessex Way. Upon reaching Christchurch, there is a dual carriageway on the bypass. It then heads in a north-easterly direction through the New Forest, passing through the town of Lyndhurst where it meets the A337 road (to Lymington). It continues through Ashurst and Totton, meeting the A36 road and M27 motorway at grade separated junctions. It then turns north-east, acting as the western part of Southampton's ring road, with the A27 road making up the eastern part. It terminates at Swaythling, on the northern outskirts of Southampton.
Within Bournemouth, it has been diverted around the Sovereign Centre of Boscombe along Centenary Way; much of the former road is pedestrianised. The road through Poole and Bournemouth passes through suburbs.
The A35 is one of the main routes along the South coast, and has congestion as a result. To help solve this problem, sections of the A35 were upgraded between Honiton and Bere Regis. Some of the improvements have involved the construction of new dual carriageway bypasses such as the Puddletown bypass which opened in 1999, whereas other improvements include new sections of single carriageway road, for example the straightening of the A35 between Slepe and the Upton bypass in 2004, and the extension of the 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) limit west of Slepe by 1 mile (1.6 km) in 2007. The Puddletown dual carriageway (together with the A30 Honiton-Exeter dualling) were financed under a Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract running from 1996-2026.