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#1 James



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Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:33 PM

The Norwood Society has just published an index to their archives held in the library...

In Cabinet B, 1st Drawer, Folder 36, there is reference to the following:
Correspondence and Cut and Cover Plans for Upper Norwood By-Pass.

It sounds quite intriguing... does anyone know what route it was expected to follow and why it was proposed?

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:15 PM

I've seen and heard comments reference road improvements in the area. Apparently the Royal Albert is set further back as there were plans for widening Westow Hill when the pub was built as it stands. Also, as part of the motorway plans were put together as part of the Greater London Development Plan (The London Ringways), there was talk about running a motorway alongside the railway line: see Wikipedia and this very geeky site.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:50 PM

In the late 1960s the Norwood Society proposed a cut and cover underpass on the south side of Westow Hill. However Croydon and Lambeth could not reach agreement, even after the intervention of the Greater London Council. It seems now very unlikely, given the newer development inside the Triangle. All written up in the final chapter of Alan Warwick's excellent history of The Phoenix Suburb, pp258-262.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:53 PM

I remember reading about this a few years ago on urban75



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Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:38 PM

Fascinating stuff, although the Westow Hill bypass was never part of the grandiose Ringway plans which had no respect for local interests.
This was 40 years ago, and there is little risk of any such thing happening now.

All the same, we should remain vigilant!