Unfinished London and the Ring Roads that never were

Unfinished London and the Ring Roads that never were

Written and presented by the ever-entertaining  Jay Foreman, I’ve rather enjoyed this video about the 1970s motorway-crazed London ‘Ringways’  project that – thankfully – never fully came to life.

A Westway for SW9

Brixton was going to be particularly blighted by one of these proposed ring road schemes, with an elevated motorway planned to tower above Coldharbour Lane – see the proposed plans here.

Although the scheme was eventually abandoned, work on the daunting Barrier Block had already started, which explains why the centre of Brixton ended up with a building that  rather looks like a prison.

If you’ve not seen Foreman’s work before, be sure to check out his equally amusing piece on the  Northern Line extension that never was.

[London: Roads to nowhere (Independent)]

One Comment on “Unfinished London and the Ring Roads that never were”

  1. If you enoyed this one then you may enjoy our first Unfinished London episode called Northern Heights about an unfinished extension to the Northern Line:

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