A5/Central London - Brockley

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A5
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From:  Marble Arch (TQ278809)
To:  Brockley (TQ173945)
Meets:  A40, A402, A4202, A4209, A501, A4205, A404, A5205, A4003, A407, A406, A504, A4006, A5150, A5109, A5100, A410, A41, A5183
Old route now:  A5183
Highway Authorities

Transport for London • Barnet Council • Brent Council

Counties

Hertfordshire • Middlesex

Route outline (key)
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Dunstable - Stony Stratford
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Brockley - Dunstable (now A5183)
A5 Maida Vale – Brockley
A5 Marble Arch - Maida Vale
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg London
London | North West | North West (next A5 section)

The mighty A5 starts at Marble Arch in London. The arch itself was designed by Nash, and built as the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. However, when the palace was extended in the mid-19th century, the arch had to go and was moved to its current location in the corner of Hyde Park, on the site of Tyburn gallows. The streets in the area mainly form a grid pattern, but Edgware Road, the start of the A5, sets off at a jaunty angle to the north-west.

Edgware Road has been home to a succession of immigrants, starting with the Huguenots in the 18th century, and now it is the centre of London's Arab community, as can be seen by the numerous Lebanese restaurants and pavement cafes. After a mile or so, we cross the Regent's Canal, and emerge in a rather more genteel area: Maida Vale. In 1806, the British won a battle at Maida in Italy, and soon afterwards a celebratory pub (The Hero of Maida Vale) opened up on the Edgware Road, lending its name to the area.

The A5 continues through Kilburn, although it is usually rather slow progress due to all the traffic. We pass over the delightfully-named Shoot-Up Hill, and through Cricklewood, The Midland main line railway joins us to the east, running parallel with the A5 until St Albans, and over the next hill we reach Staples Corner and find the latest pretender to the A5's crown, the M1, which we shall encounter several times on our route. The A5 itself flies over the North Circular Road as a two-lane dual carriageway; slightly incongruous given the low quality of the route through many of the suburbs we have been passing through. This flyover achieved a sad notoriety in 1993, when it was blown up by the IRA.

West Hendon and Edgware loom large on the A5 now, and gradually the traffic lights thin out. Suddenly, the houses stop—welcome to the Green Belt—and we climb Brockley Hill, which was the site of Sulloniacis Roman camp.

Soon afterwards, we cross the M1 (without a junction) and meet the A41 Watford bypass at a roundabout. However, if we try to follow the A5 north of here we are stumped: it disappears into thin air. The A5 fell victim to a spate of renumberings in these parts in the 1970s and 1980s.

Between Brockley and Friars Walsh, through St Albans the A5 was renumbered A5183

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A5
SectionsA5/Bangor - Holyhead • A5/Betws-y-Coed - Bangor • A5/Chirk - Betws-y-Coed • A5/Crick - Tamworth • A5/Dunstable - Stony Stratford • A5/Gailey - Telford • A5/Stony Stratford - Crick • A5/Tamworth - Gailey • A5/Telford - Chirk
ProjectsGlyn Bends, Ty Nant
JunctionsAbbey Hill Roundabout • Anglesey Arms Roundabout • Antelope Roundabout • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Brockley Interchange • Caergeiliog Interchange • Caldecotte Interchange • Canons Corner • Carreg Bran Interchange • Centurion Junction • Chalton Interchange • Churchbridge • Churncote Roundabout • Cluddley Interchange • Crackleybank Interchange • Crick Interchange • Cross in Hand • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • Dalar Hir Interchange • Dodwells Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Druid Junction • Dunstable Crossroads • Edgebold Roundabout • Emstrey Island • Felton Butler Roundabout • Five Crosses • Forge Interchange • Friars Wash • Gailey Interchange • Gailey Island • Gibbet Roundabout • Glan Menai Junction • Glascote Interchange • Gledrid Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • Halton Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Hollinswood Interchange • Holly Lane Roundabout • Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout • Kilsby • King Harry Junction • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Longford Island • Longshoot • M42 J10 • Mancetter Roundabout • Marble Arch • Marylebone Flyover • Mile End Roundabout • Mile Oak Junction • Muckley Corner • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Old Stratford Roundabout • Park Street Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Pickmere Roundabout • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Preston Island • Priorslee Interchange • Priorslee Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Red Gate • Redmoor Roundabout • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Smockington Hollow • Staples Corner • Stretton Baskerville • The Column Roundabout • The Turf • Thorn Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Ventura Park Interchange • Wall Island • Watford Crossroads • Weedon Crossroads • Weedon Roundabout • Weeford Interchange • Whitehurst Roundabout • Whittington Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout
ServicesBangor services • Tamworth services
CrossingsAtcham Bridge • Dow Bridge • Marylebone Flyover • Menai Suspension Bridge • Pont Corwen • Stanley Embankment • Stony Stratford Bypass • Waterloo Bridge (Caernarfonshire)
RoadsA5 • A5(M) • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E33 (Northampton - Liverpool) • E34 (Old System) • EuroVelo 2 • Holyhead Road • Maelor Tour • NCN55 • NCN8 • T11 (Britain) • T13 (Britain) • T15 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • T18 (Britain) • T44 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
PlacesBangor (Caernarfonshire) • Betws-y-Coed • Brent Cross • Brownhills • Cannock • Central London • DIRFT • Dunstable • Hinckley • Holyhead • Kilburn • Llangollen • London • Lutterworth • Milton Keynes • Oswestry • Rugby • Shrewsbury • St Albans • Tamworth • Telford • Wellington (Shropshire) • West End
MiscellaneousA5/Named Junctions • A5/history • A5/route • Thomas Telford
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