Ringways explained

By Jay Foreman.

A particularly marvellous portrayal of Abercrombie. A couple of notes/queries though:

  • I’m not sure that it’s true that the ringways were dropped because the planners were shocked by the destruction they would cause.  It was surely only public opinion — the outrage of the people — that stopped them?
  • The video does finally and very briefly touch on induced demand near the end, but fails to note that for that reason, not only would the ringways themselves have ground to a halt (as the M25 does), but we would have ended up with at least as much traffic on streets like the South Circular streets, and certainly not less.

If you start at the Wikipedia article, you can continue onto a couple of very nerdy sites about the Ringways.  The fact that they weren’t all built is just more evidence of The War On The Poor Motorist.

(Oh and you should also go and watch Foreman’s previous video, about the Northern Line.)

2 thoughts on “Ringways explained”

  1. Ringways became a big issue at the 1973 GLC elections, though probably none of the political parties wanted it that way. Then the Treasury baled at the cost.

    Ringway One went through areas that post-1945 were pretty run-down. Not much opposition was expected. By 1973 they were beginning to revive and people didn’t want motorways flying across the middle of Brixton.

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