13 Facts About A406 road


The A406 road is a six-lane dual carriageway that connects the industrial estates in the area, and passes beneath the West Coast Main Line near Stonebridge Park.

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The A406 road passes north of St Pancras and Islington Cemetery towards Friern Barnet and Muswell Hill.

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The A406 road narrows to two-lane single carriageway to pass under the East Coast Main Line, and continues as Telford Road towards Bounds Green.

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The A406 road continues past densely packed housing and business areas before widening at Green Lanes and assuming the North Circular Road name again.

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Previously, the A406 extended along Southend Road and Woodford Avenue as far east as Gants Hill.

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In 1946 the North Circular Road became a trunk A406 road, funded from a national budget set by the Ministry of Transport rather than a local one.

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The A406 road was originally planned to be a continuation of the M11, but the standard of A406 road was decreased to a basic dual carriageway.

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In 2004, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone promised limited improvements to the A406 road, but received criticism for not approving earlier plans for widening the often heavily congested A406 road at critical sections.

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In July 2013, a task force set up by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson proposed that long sections of the North Circular should be put underground in A406 road tunnels, freeing up space on the surface to provide public space, extensive cycle routes, and better links to existing communities currently severed by the A406 road.

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Around 1972, approximately 400 homes on the A406 road were compulsorily purchased by the Greater London Council in conjunction with widening schemes that were then cancelled.

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In 2013, the A406 road was named in a BBC report as being the most polluted in London, including the highest surveyed levels of benzene and nitrogen dioxide.

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The original A406 road contained entirely at-grade junctions; many of these were improved and grade separated during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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IWG founder Mark Dixon's first business on returning to Britain after an extended time abA406 road was a hot-dog stand on the North Circular Road, making his own buns.

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