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Dover Radial Route

Date range1961
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond LCC, subfond PP/RD

Wasteoftime.jpg This file is a waste of time.
You are advised to avoid it like the plague. Its file title sounds rather interesting but it may contain only dull papers that fail to illuminate the subject matter or it may not even be related to the subject suggested by the title.


This is a tube of brown paper tied up at each end, which looks rather like someone decided to post a roll of wallpaper somewhere. Inside is what appears to be a single very long roll of paper. A stamp in the corner says "Presented to Roads Committee 29 Jun 1961". Unrolling it to see anything is incredibly difficult, but if you manage it, you'll find a second sheet rolled up inside the first one.

The title of the file is suggestive of plans of the Dover Radial Route, an LCC scheme picked up later by the GLC to provide an offline bypass of the A2 between New Cross and Falconwood. The GLC's final iteration of the project was as the A2(M) motorway. It appears, though, that in 1961 plans had yet to be drawn up, so what was presented to the LCC's Roads Committee - and what is stored here for posterity - are two maps of this general area of London with no Dover Radial Route to be seen on them.

  • The first is a map of the area around Eltham, with marker pen annotation of the railway line, certain roads, and woodland near Blackheath.
  • The second is a map of the Deptford area, with no annotations at all. It's just a map of Deptford. It includes the area where the St Johns Spur would terminate, and extends NW to Bermondsey.

If you would like to save yourself the trouble of having to unroll these difficult sheets of paper, you may get almost the same experience by simply looking at any map of South East London.

People with camera copies

None known.