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.