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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What's new

Go west! New Ringways pages are here

A new set of Ringways pages are now online, looking at unbuilt motorways and road projects west of London.

No smoke without ire

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone has just expanded to cover the whole inner city, and across the UK, other cities are implementing their own Clean Air Zones. Is this the future?

Devon help us

Road signs are colour coded for different types of road, but in Devon there are more colours than anywhere else. What do Devon's colourful signs mean?

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Operation Stack

If there's trouble crossing the Channel, you'll see the lorries queuing on the M20. What is Operation Stack? Why does it cause so much trouble? And why, more than twenty years after it started, are we still using it?