North Circular Road

Ealing to Beckton

The urban sprawl of the capital is immense and very badly served by roads, without many high-capacity routes linking its various districts to each other and to the wider world. In north London, there is at least the A406 North Circular Road.


North Circular Road

1960s plans to upgrade the North Circular Road to form one of London's motorway "Ringways" would have seen it change out of all recognition.


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Two new additions to our collection of Opening Booklets take us to Darlington and Middlesbrough.

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