Long term projects: South Orbital Road; Kent County Council (CC) correspondence
|Location||National Archives (see all files stored here)|
|File base||Series MT, subseries MT 110|
The South Orbital Road is what became today's M25 and M26 south of the Thames, but the early dates on this file - 1963 to 1965 - ought to ring warning bells. The whole of this file is actually about an iteration of the South Orbital Route plan from a time when the "D" Ring was not expected to form a full circuit of London, and at that time the Dartford Tunnel would instead be part of the North and South Orbitals. Accordingly, this file refers to a projected section of South Orbital from the Dartford Tunnel, through Kent on roughly the line of the modern M25 between junctions 2 and 4, and then west to Chelsfield to meet the A21. Not all of this road was built, and none of it was built as the South Orbital.
If you haven't already lost interest, reading this file will guarantee you have no interest left. Most of the file is made up of correspondence between residents in Chelsfield, who did not want the South Orbital passing through, and the Ministry, who did. All of this correspondence went via Kent County Council, who added an interesting extra layer of bureaucracy to proceedings. The whole thing is very tiresome, especially considering that most of these people were complaining about a road that was not actually built.
As a result, it is hard to find any way to describe this file as a whole without reaching for phrases like "a right load of old".
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