|Length:||4.4 miles (7.1 km)|
|Meets:||A107, A1205, A102, A12, A112, A114, A12, A1199|
|Former Number(s):||B115, A11|
|Old route now:||A12|
|Route outline (key)|
The A106 begins on the A107 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8, in two one-way sections (Victoria Park Road, the original route of the A106, westbound and Well Street/Cassland Road eastbound), which converge at the junction with the present A12 (was A102(M)). The two one-way legs of the A106 form the bread in a sandwich where South Hackney forms the filling. Also separating the two roads is Well Street Common. There is a roundabout half way along the westbound Victoria Park Road which gives access to the A1205 Lauriston Road, heading south across Victoria Park which bounds part of Victoria Park Road.
The A106 passes through the A12 junction as D2 then has to TOTSO left onto Eastway, a largely residential road through Hackney Wich and so a much different road from the A40 Westway. At the next set of traffic lights the A106 ahead, skirting the northern edge of the Olympic Park, is one-way towards us so we are forced to turn left onto an unclassified road then right onto the B112 to rejoin the A106 at the next junction on the A12. This is a junction that baffles me; it's the one that would have been at the top right hand corner of the London motorway box, and was for a long time the northern terminus of the A102(M). Now, the old A102(M) links directly into the A12. To emphasise its former importance the A106 Eastway continues from here as D2 or even D3, considerably over-engineered now the current main road bypasses it.
The road narrows at the railway bridge and bends round into Leyton. There is a one-way loop in the centre, with (at both ends) traffic running ahead onto the loop then crossing the A112 and bending to the right to rejoin the other carriageway; the southern section is the original line of the road. The road continues parallel to the A12 but diverges to the left to cross another railway line before crossing the A12 and a third railway line. It TOTSOs left at traffic lights in Leytonstone to end back on the A12 at a roundabout.
The original route of the A106 was allocated to Eastern Avenue, a new arterial road allowing traffic to bypass Ilford and Romford, although some of it ran on existing roads, for example at Newbury Park station. This road was under construction in 1922, thus being a number allocated to a road not yet in existence. When the road was complete, it ran from the A11 in Wanstead to the A12 to the east of Romford, having taken over the A115 in Wanstead.
The road from Hackney to Leytonstone was originally the B115. Following the completion of the Eastern Avenue, the B115 was upgraded and became a western extension of the A106, with a multiplex along the A11 between Leytonstone and Wanstead.
In the 1950s, recognising that most long distance traffic used Eastern Avenue, rather than the old Roman road through Ilford and Romford, it was renumbered as part of the A12, with the old road becoming the A118. The A106 therefore only consisted of the western extension.
Before the A12 extension through Leytonstone was constructed, the A102(M) traffic, as it was then, used to 'flow' straight into the A106, narrow one-way streets with parked cars either side as it wound its way through Leyton. There was an interesting bit at Grove Green Road/Church Lane where you had to turn right and go through an underpass, now demolished and turned into a car park. The A106 takes a new route round the back of Leytonstone now and finishes near the Green Man Interchange.
In more recent years the A11 has been taken away from the area. Rather than leaving the A106 hanging on Leytonstone High Road, it has been extended north to the A12 to give the road its current length.