A500 (Marble Arch - Finchley)
|From:||Marble Arch (TQ281810)|
|To:||Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley (TQ263922)|
|Length:||8 miles (12.9 km)|
|Met (1923):||A40, A501, A407, A502, A504, A5000, A1|
|Now part of:||A41, A598|
|Route outline (key)|
The 1922 list has the A500, as befits the lowest A5xx road, starting just up Oxford Street (the A40) from the A5's terminus at Marble Arch. It ran to the A1 at Tally Ho Corner in North Finchley along the present A41 and A598.
In 1935, it was rerouted and extended over the A5088 Watford Bypass (Hendon Way, Watford Way, Edgware Way, North Western Avenue), with the old road to Finchley renumbered A598. In the 1950s, the 1935 route of the A500 was renumbered as the A41 when it was deemed sensible to give the lower numbers of the bypassed routes to the various new-build bypasses and radials north of London (e.g. A41 Watford Bypass, A1 Barnet Bypass, A10 Great Cambridge Way). Various similar roads elsewhere in London got their lower number when they opened (eg A3 Kingston Bypass).
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