Croydon Ring Road:
Photo tour: south side

Opened nearly a decade after the first section, in the late 1960s, the south side forms the second phase of the Croydon Ring Road. It spans the Wandle valley, and so most of it is elevated above ground level on an extended flyover. In the middle it towers above surrounding streets, but it at each end the ground rises to meet it so there is no slope up or down for traffic using it.

Planners in the 1960s chose to join their huge new elevated road to the existing east side and the then-proposed west side of the ring road using a pair of roundabouts, a decision that looks a little odd today.

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Published13 March 2017

Last updated23 May 2021