|From:||Tottenham Hale (TQ343897)|
|To:||Waltham Cross (TQ348997)|
|Distance:||8.1 miles (13 km)|
|Meets:||A503, A406, A110, A1010, A10|
|Former Number(s):||B1163, A105|
|Old route now:||A503|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1055 is an urban A-road in east Middlesex.
The road came into being in the 1980s as the new-build Monument Way in Tottenham Hale and was then extended north in stages, although not necessarily in order; part was originally opened as the B1163. Monument Way was quickly renumbered as part of the A10 one-way loop in Tottenham Hale; however, that was abolished in 2013. The number of Monument Way, which was variably given as the A10, A503 or A1055, seems to have settled down as A503, and so the A1055 now starts on that road in the same place it did before 2013. The section between Tottenham Hale and the A110 opened around the middle of 1990 and was the last section to open.
The road quickly bends left to run alongside the West Anglia Main Line, soon crossing it. The road then loops to the east to avoid the Northumberland Park depot on the Victoria Line before rejoining the railway just in time to meet the A405 North Circular. This is accessed by means of a bizarre GSJ at Kenninghall. The A1055 goes under the North Circular with no junction, widening to D2 as it does so. Shortly afterwards the road meets a roundabout from where a spur heads off to the right. This soon doubles back to cross the mainline and the railway line before approaching the A405 from the north, meeting it at a modified diamond interchange. The westbound offslip actually starts to the east of the A1055's mainline and runs under the North Circular for a short distance.
Returning to the A1055 mainline, the road narrows and goes under the spur mentioned above, then continues northwards alongside the railway. This stretch of road exists purely to serve the industrial estates to the right, although after going under a road bridge we do pass a sports centre. The road almost looks rural for a short stretch, although the tower blocks in the distance ruin the illusion. The road then skirts Ponders End before crossing a roundabout on the A110.
The road is dual for a short stretch to the next roundabout and then S4 beyond. The Brimsdown Business Area is now on both sides of the road. Another dual stretch takes us back alongside the railway before we bend sharply to the right to reach Enfield Lock. There are houses on the right although they cannot be accessed from the A1055. After a signalised crossroads we become semi-rural again, with Rammey Marsh to the right and a landscaped retail park to the left. We then bend sharply to the left to avoid meeting the M25. The retail park is accessed from the next roundabout.
Now heading due west, we go under the railway line and leave it for the final time. The A1010 (original A10) is crossed at traffic lights, then the road becomes genuinely residential for the first time en route - the reason for this is that the whole of the road so far was new-build in the 1980s whereas we are now on the original northern end of the A105. We cross over the other branch of the West Anglia Main Line before meeting the A10 at traffic lights just to the south of M25 J25. The road ahead also used to be the A105 but it is now unclassified.