Ringways

This is the story of the most astonishing and destructive thing never to happen to London. It was far-reaching and visionary; planning on a scale rarely seen in this country. It was a transport scheme to end all transport schemes. And it was utterly unacceptable to the general public.

This section of CBRD explores the London Ringways - a proposal to drive a dense network of motorways through and around the capital. It was a plan created by successive governments in London from the 1940s through to the 1970s that would have affected life in the capital in every conceivable way, changing the way London looked and functioned.

You can explore the pages in whatever order you like, but in sequence they tell the story of the creation and destruction of one of the most audacious schemes of public works ever proposed in the UK. They then go on to explore the road plans and plot them on detailed modern-day maps road by road, section by section. At the end you can access a detailed map of everything we know so far.

New to this subject? There's a quick overview called Ringways for Beginners over at our sister site, Pathetic Motorways.

Some pages are not yet available

At the present time some of the Ringways pages are almost ten years out of date. They are being rewritten to include more detail, new research and more illustrations. Each page is made available here once it's up to date.

Ringway 1

Ringway 2

Introduction

North Circular Road

Eastern Section

Southern Section

Western Section

Clapham-Wandsworth Link

Ringway 3

Introduction

Northern Section

Eastern Section

Southern Section

Western Section

Denham Spur

Ringway 4

Introduction

North Orbital Road

Western Section

South Orbital Road

Northern radials

Introduction

M1

A1 and A1(M)

Proposed North London Radial

A10

M11

M12

A13 and M13

Western radials

Introduction

A41(M)

A40 and A40(M)

M4 and A4

M3 and A316

Southern radials

Introduction

A3

M23

Parkway E

A20 and A20(M)

A2 and A2(M)

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