The eastern end of the B119
The B119 is another of the short B-roads in the Bethnal Green area, although the road has a historical significance not immediately obvious from its number or location. The road is called Roman Road for its entire length, although the road is actually older than that and is indeed part of the oldest-known trade route in the country, being the road from London to Colchester.
It starts at traffic lights on the A107 Cambridge Heath Road by St John's Church and Bethnal Green tube station and heads east along Roman Road, crossing the Grand Union Canal, shortly followed by the A1205, halfway. At traffic lights in Old Ford traffic is directed left into St Stephen's Road to join the B118. The B119 turns right then left and becomes one-way westbound. Although the road is still classified it is the area's main shopping street and appears semi-pedestrianised; indeed the road is closed completely to traffic for the thrice-weekly Roman Road Market.
At the end of the restricted section the B119 ends on the B142 Parnell Road. Originally it continued one block further east and then headed north along Lefevre Road to end on the B118 Old Ford Road but this was declassified when the B142 came into being.