Croydon Ring Road:
Photo tour: west side

The western flank is the third side of Croydon's ring road, the widest and most ambitious, and probably the most hated. After it was opened, any further ideas about building the north side to complete the scheme seem to have been quickly forgotten about.

Roman Way is a three-lane elevated dual carriageway for no apparent reason. At its northern end it turns into a residential street and at its southern end it narrows to two lanes before dying at a roundabout - it was originally three lanes each way but was narrowed to improve the safety of what amounted to a racetrack hurtling towards a give way line. It's hard to imagine how this much highway capacity could ever have been needed here.

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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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Liverpool Inner Motorway

There's almost no evidence of Liverpool's 1960's plans for an inner ring road on the ground - but the motorway that never materialised would have been astonishing. The full details on the route, and the missing part the M62, are here.