The A26 road is one of the three 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 A26 at Lewes headed to Brighton following the modern day A27.
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