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Piccadilly Circus

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Piccadilly Circus
Location Map ( geo)
Piccadilly Circus, London W1 - Geograph - 1098016.jpg
The modern signalised junction
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Highway Authority
Junction Type
Signalised Intersection
Roads Joined
A4, A401, A4201
Junctions related to the A401
Junctions related to the A4201

Piccadilly Circus is a junction in the heart of the West End. It is famed for its lights and the statue of Eros and is a major tourist destination.

Underneath the junction is the tube station of the same name. It was the first tube station to not have any ground level buildings, instead having a ticket office below the junction.

Piccadilly Circus was built in the early 19th century under the name Regent Circus South. It was much smaller than the junction which is there today, just connecting the straight part of Regent Street with Piccadilly.

At the end of the 18th century, Shaftesbury Avenue was connected to the junction. This involved a lot of demolition along Tichborne Street which effectively created a much larger junction; it was then renamed Piccadilly Circus.

There were two traffic islands, one with Shaftesbury Memorial, and one with public conveniences. However the junction was still arranged like its old layout, with the old Regent Circus being the main part, and other roads arranged around it. Traffic lights were added in 1926.

In around the 1940s it was turned into a single junction, operating around Shaftesbury Memorial. The Memorial was removed in the 1980s, allowing the junction to be changed to its present layout of linking several one-way roads.


Route To Notes




The City, Trafalgar Square Haymarket


Shaftesbury Avenue


Oxford Circus Regent Street


Regent Street, now A4


Coventry Street, now unclassified


Piccadilly Circus
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Central London
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Junctions on the A4
Monument • Ludgate Circus • Holborn Circus • Trafalgar Square • Charing Cross • Piccadilly Circus • Hyde Park Corner • Scotch House • Hammersmith Flyover • Hogarth Roundabout • Chiswick Roundabout • Brentford • Gillette Corner • Henlys Roundabout • Waggoners Roundabout • Harlington Corner • Concord Roundabout • Moor Junction • Langley • Huntercombe Spur • The Thicket • Sutton Seeds • Theale • Robin Hood Roundabout • Kings Roundabout • Canal Roundabout • Webbington Roundabout • Bridge Roundabout • Rowden Roundabout • The Pheasant • Meuthen Park • Chequers • London Road Junction • Twerton Fork • The Globe • Broadmead • Hicks Gate Roundabout • Bath Bridge • Temple Circus • Cumberland Basin • Lawrence Weston Interchange (Portway Roundabout • St Brendans Roundabout) • St Andrews Gate Roundabout

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