14 March 2015


How old can a new road be? It rather depends on what you call "new". If we're talking about any road that was built in a new location, rather than one that developed naturally over time, a new road can be very old indeed. The oldest bypass, for example, was the New Road around the north of London in the late 1700s, now better known as Marylebone Road and Euston Road.

Once a new road gets old enough, and surrounded by other developments, it sometimes gets forgotten, and people begin to assume that it's always been there. That's certainly true of many of the new Arterial Roads built in London's suburbs in the 1920s and 30s — while some are obvious and well-known, others have faded into obscurity.

That's why I decided to go find some of them and put them back in the spotlight. You can read about five of them in a new feature Article: London's Forgotten Arterial Roads. If you know the history of London's Arterial Roads in some detail, you might be familiar with some of them, but I bet you won't recognise them all.

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