|To:||Crucifix Lane (TQ333799)|
|Distance:||0.3 miles (0.5 km)|
|Met:||A200, A100, A200|
|Now part of:||A200|
|Route outline (key)|
The A2207 was made up of part of a small section of Abbey Street and most of one-way Druid Street. The A2207 left the A200 Jamaica Road as Abbey Street at a roundabout and then turned right into Druid Street just before the railway bridge carrying the tracks into London Bridge. The railway bridge is quite interesting as the arch is supported by Doric columns. Druid Street runs parallel with railway throughout its length as when the London & Greenwich railway was completed in 1836 it was intended that the arches could be used for housing. However they were too dark and noisy for this purpose but were perfect for local businesses. The London & Greenwich was the first fully fledged railway to be built in London and the viaduct runs for 4 miles.
Tanner Street crosses Druid Street bringing westbound traffic from the A200 Jamaica Road and the A200 appeared to multiplex with the rest of the A2207. Now, of course, it is just numbered A200. Tanner Street is named after the tanning industry that was based in Bermondsey. The A2207 passed through a signalised junction with the A100 Tower Bridge Road, with a side view of Tower Bridge. On our right are the remains of St John Horsleydown Church which was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War and is now the base of the London City Mission. The former churchyard has become a park. The A2207 finished as Druid Street turns right here. Westbound A200 traffic bears left here under the railway along Crucifix Lane, although this was originally the B200. The short section of Druid Street between Tooley Street and Crucifix Lane was used by traffic turning off Tooley Street to take Crucifix Lane and St Thomas Street but this was blocked off by the London Borough of Southwark during 2006.
The original route of the A2207 ran slightly further south. It started on the then-A200 Jamaica Road (now the oxbow Old Jamaica Road) and headed south one block along Thurland Road. Then it turned west and travelled the entire length of Spa Road to end on the A2206 Grange Road. This road was declassified after the 1970s and the route moved to the one above, which is also now redundant.
Original Author(s): A211 Driver