GLC/DG/AR/06/136

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Dover Radial Route

Date range1962-1981
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond GLC, subfond DG/AR

Context

This file was held by the GLC's arts and recreation department, so it deals much more with the open space that the DRR would have destroyed than it does the road itself. However, there remain some interesting details here. Much of it is from around 1963, when this scheme was an LCC proposal for an A2 bypass, terminating at New Cross. Part of that was later turned into the South Cross Route's eastern extremity.

There is a wealth of information from a protest group against the road, who put forward numerous alternative proposals. These were put to serious investigation and scrutiny and all were turned down with very thorough reasoning.

Perhaps the most interesting detail is that two green bridges were proposed in this area - one crossing Ringway 2 just north of Falconwood Interchange, connecting Eltham Park with Oxleas Wood. This apparently remained in the plans until 1980 when it was killed off because of its cost. (They needn't have worried; the whole road it was meant to cross was cancelled too, so it was an entirely imaginary concept that might as well have been covered in diamonds for all it mattered.) The second would have crossed the East Cross Route immediately north of Kidbrooke Interchange; this didn't happen either.

People with camera copies

None known.