|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||South Norwood (TQ335689)|
|To:||Thornton Heath Pond (TQ313677)|
|Distance:||1.8 miles (2.9 km)|
|Meets:||A215, A212, B273, A235|
|Route outline (key)|
The B266 runs along a couple of short urban roads in the London Borough of Croydon. It's best avoided on match days as it is the main road past Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace FC.
It starts half way down South Norwood Hill at a right turn at the traffic lights from the Southbound A215. The road shortly reaches the unclassified but busy Park Road. There are traffic lights here and Park Road runs along the East side of Selhurst Park football stadium. The B266 passes the main gate and car park, which also serves a Sainsbury's on non-match days.
There is then a mini-roundabout junction with the A212. The North-Eastern part of that road doesn't actually join the mini-roundabout direct but has to give-way to the B266 a couple of car lengths north of the junction. This A212 section is also one-way southbound towards the B266. Along the busy Thornton Heath High Street the road bears left at the next set of traffic lights to follow Brigstock Road. The right turn, which is nearly in the same direction of travel, is the B273. Thornton Heath is one of the least salubrious parts of the London Borough of Croydon and drivers are advised to keep particularly alert at all times.
Thornton Heath Station is then immediately on the right and the pedestrian crossing here is very heavily used, causing tailbacks past the previous lights and often back to the previous roundabout and beyond. Brigstock Road is followed to the end of the B266, which is at traffic lights with the A235 just after the start of that road and just to the South of the Thornton Heath Pond junction with the A23. Turning right out of Brigstock Road can therefore be problematical because of queuing traffic.