14 October 2010
The suggestion he wished briefly to elaborate was for great girdle round London…
Patrick Crozier

If Transport Blog was still going it’d have articles like this:

G. L. Pepler from The Times of 13 October 1910:

Some of the advantages of such a ring road would be to provide a means by which a great deal of fast traffic could circle London instead of passing through; to link up existing radial roads and outer suburbs; to open up a great deal of fresh land which, if properly town-planned, could form an almost continuous garden suburb round London…

And it only took 76 years.  Shame about the continuous garden suburb…

But it isn’t, so it doesn’t.

  1. There are some nice suburbs. Probably not continuous, though. Nice to see that there is nothing new under the sun:

    “In this matter the people should be educated. They appeared to need a propaganda board which could collect all information and prepare such an overwhelming case for action that if properly put before the public that action would be demanded.”

    That’s the sort of comment I would leave if the Transport Blog was still going.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  14 October 2010 at 04:44 pm

  2. There were detailed plans drawn up in 1943 and 1944 for a series of five concentric ring roads to be built in and around London. The M25 as built is a mixture of the third and fourth rings as planned then, starting counting from the centre. When contruction began (in 1973) there were still plans to build both of them.

    As for suburbs, I rate the creation of the Green Belt around London as the worst planning decision in this country ever. The resultant land shortages, increases in transportation and commuting costs etc etc etc make almost everything that goes on inside London more difficult and expensive than it would be if it were not there.

    Posted by Michael Jennings on  27 October 2010 at 09:54 am

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