Thursday, April 16, 2020
Here's something I wasn't expecting to find in Tower Hamlets.
A single track road with passing places.
This is Cadogan Terrace, the road which runs up the eastern side of Victoria Park. I don't usually walk along it but the park was locked so I was forced to go this way instead. I can't believe I'd missed it before.
Cadogan Terrace used to be the main route from Bow to Hackney Wick before the A12 dual carriageway was built. It's neither especially wide nor especially narrow. There'd be plenty of room for two-way traffic if only residents of the elegant Victorian terraced houses weren't allowed to park their cars outside. But they can, and they do, hence Cadogan Terrace has become a single track road with passing places.
Here's one of those passing places.
The infrastructure's not quite Scottish Highlands standard, the road has too many bollards, yellow lines and carefully parked bicycles for that. There's even a proper pavement down one side, and most single track roads with passing places never merit one of those. But it's certainly an oddity for Inner London, and I wondered if there were any others in the capital I'd never stumbled across.
Friday update: We've also identified Rectory Lane in Sidcup. [photo] [streetview]
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