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Date range1921-1986
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond GLC, subfond TD/PM

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Why this might be the case is open to all manner of unsavoury speculation, but one insuperable fact remains: Chris5156 has taken this file out before, and he has every intention of taking it out again soon. In most cases this is because he wants camera copies and wasn't able to get them on the first attempt, but it may also be just because he misses it and longs to be near it again.

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It is likely to bring a smile to your face, probably because it contains the sort of thing that makes trawling through dusty archive documents worthwhile. The thing in this file that makes your day might actually have nothing to do with its subject matter.


Many trunk roads entered Greater London, until the detrunking of routes that coincided with the creation of Transport for London in 1999, and during the existence of the GLC the council would routinely be provided with copies of plans produced for trunk road schemes, either because the GLC acted as the Ministry's trunk road agent and would carry out or oversee the improvement scheme, or because they were consulted on schemes at the planning stage.

This file contains a huge number of aperture cards, each of which holds a photograph of a large plan sheet ("large" means comparable to A1 or A0 size) that is, in some way, loosely concerned with trunk roads in the GLC area. It also contains a fair few sheets produced by the GLC themselves, concerning Metropolitan Roads, that have ended up here by accident. The plan sheets themselves were, presumably, destroyed after being transferred to aperture card to save space.

Because of the way the LMA works - which we will describe here as "delightfully quirky" because they seem like genuinely nice people and it would be unkind to use a term like, I don't know, "wilfully obtuse" - the catalogue entry GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07 actually contains hundreds upon hundreds of individual items, each of which is a bundle of aperture cards, but those hundreds of items are not listed in the catalogue. They are listed, of course - LMA staff can call up a full and complete listing on their internal computer system - but they do not appear in the public catalogue. On the bright side, though, you can still order them if you know the item number, and since dozens of bundles will be held in the same box, once you order one bundle you'll get a large number of nearby ones as well.

Item listing

As a service to humanity, here is an obviously incomplete listing of the individual items found within this collection so far.

Item Contents Copies of item
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-014 Dagenham Corridor. This is the name of a corridor of open land between Romford and Dagenham which was considered for a secondary road in the 1960s. When that idea was abandoned, proposals were made for ways to use it as a linear park with new recreation facilities. Here are five aperture cards showing various ideas for the new open space. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-064 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-068 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-069 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-079 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-092 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-096 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-097 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-098 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-112 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-120 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-121 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-135 Great Cambridge Road. Misfiled: the bundle is labelled North Circular but is actually a load of much older Middlesex plans for Great Cambridge Road (now A10), including an extension to Green Lanes. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-136 North Circular: Great Cambridge Junction. A mixed bag, but includes a plan dated 1971 of a flyover scheme. There's also a revised version dated 1973. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-174 A13 Dovers Corner to Rainham. A dualling scheme for A13 Rainham Bypass (as was) circa 1972, with GSJs. Alternative scheme for underpass through Rainham, and another with a length of cut and cover tunnel - the latter proposed by the GLC who were typically more adventurous in reducing the impact of road schemes. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-206 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-243 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-244 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-248 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-249 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-250 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-251 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-252 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-253 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-254 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-255 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-256 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-258 M41 Freston Road. Proposals drawn up in 1980 by the GLC to provide a new left-in-left-out junction on the M41 to allow access to a development side on the east side of the motorway at Freston Road. Three options are presented which are almost identical, and the scheme never happened. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-267 North Circular Road: A41. Alternative proposals for the A41/A406 Brent Cross Flyover, including one that appears to be a full cloverleaf almost entirely within the footprint of the existing junction, if you can imagine such a thing. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-280 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-290 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-300 Whitehall Traffic Scheme. It seems a firm of consultants was asked to come up with ways of alleviating the traffic problems at Parliament Square, and came up with no less than 26 options, lettered A-Z, all of which are wild flights of fancy involving roads under the Thames past Parliament and underground interchanges on the Embankment. My favourite was the one that shows a free-flowing interchange built entirely in tunnel below the Treasury. The 26 route options are on cards 4989 to 5025. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-301 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-308 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-309 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-312 Chris Marshall None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-313 North Circular Road: Golders Green. A scheme for a flyover or underpass at Golders Green Road, which is the set of traffic lights on the A406 North Circular immediately east of the A41 Brent Cross Flyover. There are about four different proposals here, circa 1979. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-314 North Circular Road: A1 to A1000. An old Middx CC flyover scheme at East End Road. 1967 plans for dualling between Falloden Way and A1000. Improvement scheme for A1/A406 that appears to be as existed until recent TfL improvement, dated 1966. July 1970 plan of proposed GSJ at A1 interchange. A 1978 plan for Falloden Way to A1000 that has diamond at A1000. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-315 Item missing from collection. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-316 North Circular Road: A1000 to A105. Huge numbers of cards carrying plans dated from 1967 to the early 70. There are earlier Middlesex CC plans for B550, Bowes Road etc, including plans for dualling through Bowes Road dated 1958. A 1968 scheme for flyover/underpass and massive squareabout at Bowes Road, in many iterations, some with offline section to the east. 1970 interim improvements to Bowes Road section seen elsewhere. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-317 North Circular Road: A105 to A10. Plans dated 1970 of crossroads as exists, then others labelled "Ringway 2" showing underpass and roundabout, 1972. Dozens and dozens then show a "main cable route" through surrounding suburbs - evidently the scheme would disturb a power line that had to be rerouted. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-318 North Circular Road: Silver Street Diversion. The Silver Street Diversion is the offline length of A406 between A10 and A1010 junctions. These cards have not been looked at; only the title of the bundle is known. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-319 North Circular Road: A1010/Fore Street. Various improvements at Fore Street - 1967 options for signalised junction or roundabout, then 1969 plan for underpass listed as "preferred scheme". Other versions too. Further plans show interconnected flyover at Dysons Road immediately to the east, though this conflicts with plans at 07-320. Plans of a later scheme dated 1981. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-320 North Circular Road: Fore Street to Chingford. Minor improvements to Angel Road, 1950s, and Lea Valley Viaduct, 1969/70. A bizarre GLDP Primary Road Proposals map showing M12 extending beyond Ringway 3 - no idea where this even comes from. Plans and traffic flows for 1973 scheme from Dysons Road to Chingford, offline with free-flow to old NCR in Scheme A and big trumpet GSJ to Hall Lane in scheme B. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-321 North Circular Road: Chingford to Hale End Road. Mix of plans from the early 1970s and early 1980s. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-322 Misfiled. A single card containing text about Woodford Avenue. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-327 Miscellaneous GLC Plans. A real jumble of stuff, including N&E London Motor Network plans from GLC and DOE - these contain one of the few references to the Possible North London Radial; designs for a one-way ring road around Elephant and Castle; three designs for noise barriers to be installed on urban motorways; some proposals for changes to the Primary Road Network at Eltham; proposed signage scheme for urban motorways; some misfiled plan sheets and traffic flow diagrams that belong in 07-331. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-331 North East London Study. A full set of plans from the NELS which designed the M11 and Eastern Avenue from Hackney Wick out to the Essex countryside, including all options and construction phases for the M11 between Hackney and Woodford. There's also a "final configuration" for Redbridge Roundabout in which the A12 gets a flyover. This is an absolute jackpot find. Chris Marshall
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-334 A13. Badly misfiled; this is almost exclusively plans for the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach. Most are for kerbline and signage changes at the Abbott Road junction proposed in the late 1970s. None known
GLC/TD/PM/CDO/07-335 A13 and BTNA. Plans of the final junction layout at Ringway1/A13, with variations, dated 1972. Space is indicated for possible third tunnel. Huge number of plans marked "unregistered" and apparently added to this set by donation from a private individual in 1985, including some design/architecture department sketches for road sign assemblies and a vast number of sheets showing environmental treatment of BTNA as built. Sheet covering Hackney Wick interchange as built indicates the "future" Secondary Road connections that will allow temporary slips to be closed. Chris Marshall

People with camera copies of this file

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