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Strand Underpass
 
 
A301 Strand Underpass exit ramp - Geograph - 668779.jpg
A301 Strand Underpass exit ramp
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A 301 Lancaster Place
The entrance to the Strand Underpass can be seen in the centre of this image.
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Kingsway Tunnel entrance lane

Looking northbound from Waterloo bridge, showing the entrance lane to the Kingsway Tunnel / Strand Underpass.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 26, 2006 by ABE
Kingsway, on Christmas Day 2011 (C) Stefan Czapski - Geograph - 2742118.jpg
Kingsway, on Christmas Day 2011 (C) Stefan Czapski
Surely the only day of the year when this London thoroughfare is so traffic-free and depopulated.


Kingsway is by no means ancient - it owes its origin to Victorian 'social engineering'. Its alignment was chosen in order to destroy one of London's great 'rookeries' - an area of densely settled slums. A number of London's best known streets had similar beginnings: Charing Cross Road and New Oxford Street were both designed to rip into the great rookery of St Giles's, and succeeded to the extent that the name 'St Giles's' was all but wiped off the map. (St Giles's High Street still exists, but as a backwater, and the local tube station is 'Tottenham Court Road'). Further south and west, Victoria Street was cut through the slums of Westminster, another notorious area by early Victorian times.

 

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