A102(M) East Cross Route
|East Cross Route|
|From:||Hackney Wick (TQ368852)|
|To:||Old Ford (TQ372835)|
|Distance:||1.5 miles (2.4 km)|
|Met:||A106, A102, A115, B142|
|Now part of:||A12|
|Route outline (key)|
Both sections of A102(M) were intended to form parts of the eastern side of Ringway 1 in London, though in actuality they formed almost all that was ever built. Despite some maps showing the full route from Hackney Wick to Kidbrooke as motorway, including the river crossing itself, neither the tunnels themselves nor the northern approach road were ever part of the motorway. They two sections were linked by a section of primary A102, built to a similar standard but which has footpaths, bus stops and local road accesses along its length.
The East Cross Route ran from Hackney Wick (where it would have met the M11 from Woodford and Central London and the North Cross Route from Camden) to the junction with the A11 near Bow, where the plain vanilla A102 (now A12) formed the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach. It was downgraded when handed over to TfL, and has since been renumbered A12, when the Eastway to the north opened.