|From:||Whipps Cross (TQ387888)|
|Distance:||4.3 miles (6.9 km)|
|Meets:||A104, A113, A12, A106, A1008, A116, A118, A112|
|Former Number(s):||B160, B162|
|Old route now:||A1008|
|Route outline (key)|
The A114 is an urban A-road in east London.
The northern half of this road formed part of the North Circular Road until the 1980s when the South Woodford to Barking Relief Road opened as far as the A13.
Whipps Cross - Plaistow
The A114 starts at Whipps Cross Roundabout with the A104 (part of which was also part of the NCR), and heads southeast towards the Green Man Roundabout in Leytonstone. Before the A12 was extended towards Hackney Wick (with an underpass beneath the roundabout) the A114 had exits both north and south, but in 1999, the southern exit was redirected slightly westward to debouch onto the A11 Leytonstone High Road. Now the A11 has been removed there is a useless multiplex on the A106 before the A114 regains its number by turning left at traffic lights immediately south of the roundabout.
Bush Road carries southbound A114 traffic in an eastward direction, until it reaches the junction with Blake Hall Road. It turns right (left is the A1008 which was originally part of the A114; ahead the unclassified Overton Drive), and then due south. The A116, quickly diverging southeastward at a roundabout on Wanstead Flats, carried the NCR tag in olden days, so the A114 south of here has always been non-primary. It crosses the Flats as Centre Road, and then as Woodgrange Road goes under the Barking - Gospel Oak railway, then rapidly over the GER at Forest Gate, and crosses the A118. As Upton Lane, it continues southward, with a bit of a west then south kink between St. George's Road and West Ham Park Road. Then it crosses the District Line/London-Tilbury Line just east of Plaistow and almost immediately comes to a halt at the A112 Plaistow High Street traffic lights.
Whipps Cross Road was originally numbered B160 and Bush Road, B162. The construction of the North Circular Road in the 1920s upgraded Whipps Cross Road to become part of it, as a section of the A406. Future changes are difficult to research owing to the short length of these segments. However, the B162 does not seem to have lasted much longer than the 1930s so presumably became part of the A406.
By the 1950s, however, the A406 had been rerouted further east suggesting that the A114 took on its current route then. The original northern section of the road, along Blake Hall Road became a southern extension of the A1008, presumably at the same time.
The southern end of the A114 has also moved albeit not as much. It ran along Pelly Road and North Street to end slightly further east on the A112. This road is now closed to through traffic and the A114 runs along Clegg Street to the west. This change happened in the 1970s at the very earliest.