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A205 road
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Direction Semi Circular
Start Woolwich
End Chiswick
Roads joined Image:UK road A2.PNG A2 road
Image:UK road A20.PNG A20 road
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South Circular near Catford.

The A205 or South Circular Road is a roughly semi-circular trunk road that joins west London to east London via south London. Its counterpart in north London is the North Circular Road (A406).


[edit] History

The South Circular Road was first proposed in Sir Patrick Abercrombie's County of London Plan of 1943, as the southern half of one of a number of ring roads around the capital. Abercrombie designated it as the "C Ring" (the third ring out from the city centre); however, the plan for a high-quality road was not realised and the semi-circular route was assigned to existing roads through the southern suburbs.

[edit] Ringway 2

In the 1960s, Abercrombie's plans were revived by the Greater London Council (GLC) as the London Ringways Plan which proposed the construction of a series of motorways in and around London to control traffice congestion. The existing A205 route was recognised as being unsuitable for upgrading and a new motorway, Ringway 2, was planned for construction further south. Due to the destruction required and cost involved in the proposed plans the majority of the Ringway Plans were cancelled in the early 1970s including Ringway 2. The route remains mainly single carriageway and the chances of any upgrades to the road are considered small at best.

[edit] Bus Lanes

The majority of the South Circular Road is single carriageway, one lane each way, aside from a small section of dual carriageway near the Woolwich ferry. Some of the wider sections of the road as it travels through Brixton, Clapham and Bermondsey which formerly were single carriageway, albeit with two lanes each way have had the outside lanes turned into bus lanes. This has an adverse effect on the traffic flow, and has increased congestion and journey times in many areas. However it is the policy of Transport for London (TFL) to encourage the use of public transport, and reduce car journeys within the capital.

[edit] Route

The South Circular Road uses sections of pre-existing roads, all of which retain their historic names. The following table lists the main road names and exits from west to east.

A205 Road
Exits towards London Junction & street names Exits away from London
Continued from North Circular Road (A406)
A4 Great West Road A4 Great West Road
Chiswick High Road
A315 Kew Bridge Road
Kew Road
Kew Bridge (crosses the Thames over Kew Bridge)
A307 Kew Road
Mortlake Road
A316 Lower Richmond Road Chalkers Corner A316 Lower Richmond Road
Clifford Avenue
A305 Upper Richmond Road West
Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen
Upper Richmond Road
A306 Rocks Lane A306 Roehampton Lane
A219 Putney High Street A219 Putney Hill
Upper Richmond Road
A3 West Hill
A3 West Hill, Wandsworth
A3 East Hill, Wandsworth
A214 Wandsworth Bridge Road
A3 North Side Wandsworth Common
A3 Battersea Rise
Clapham Common West Side
The Avenue
Cavendish Road
A24 Clapham South tube station A24
Cavendish Road
Poynders Road
Atkins Road
Streatham Place
A23 Brixton Hill A23 Streatham Hill
Christchurch Road
A215 Norwood Road Tulse Hill A215 Hardel Rise
Thurlow Park Road
Lancaster Avenue
Rosendale Road up Tulse Hill Thurlow Park Road, West Dulwich Rosendale Road
A2199 Croxted Road Lambeth / Southwark boundry A2199 Croxted Road
Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich
Crosses the River Effra
College Road to Dulwich village Dulwich Common past Dulwich College College Road up to Crystal Palace
Dulwich Common past Dulwich College
A2216 Lordship Lane| Lordship Lane (Dulwich) past Sydenham Hill Sydenham Hill
London Road
Forest Hill A2216 Dartmouth Road
Dartmouth Road
Waldram Crescent
Waldram Park Road
Sunderland Road
Stanstead Road
A212 Catford Hill
Catford Road
A21 Rushey Green Catford gyratory system A21 Bromley Road
Brownhill Road
Saint Mildreds Road, Lee
A2212 Baring Road
Westhorne Avenue, Eltham
A2212 Burnt Ash Road
Westhorne Avenue, Eltham
A20 Sidcup Road Clifton's roundabout A20 Sidcup Road
Westhorne Avenue
A210 Eltham Road Yorkshire Grey roundabout A210 Eltham Hill
Westhorne Avenue
A2 A2
Westhorne Avenue
Rochester Way Well Hall roundabout A208 Well Hall Road
Well Hall Road, Shooter's Hill
A207 Shooter's Hill Road A207 Shooter's Hill
Academy Road, Woolwich Common
(past the former Royal Military Academy)
Woolwich Common
Woolwich New Road
Grand Depot Road
John Wilson Street
Woolwich Church Street Woolwich High Street
Ferry Approach
Woolwich Ferry
Image:UK road A2.PNG A roads in Zone 2 of
the Great Britain road numbering system
A2 A20 - A21 - A22 - A23 - A24 - A25 - A26 - A27 - A28 - A29
A201 - A202 - A203 - A205 - A210 - A212 - A214 - A217 - A219 - A228 - A229
A232 - A234 - A240 - A249 - A259 - A264 - A272 - A281 - A282 - A299
A2030 - A2216 - A2217
List of A roads in Zone 2

A205 road

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