The WestWay is a motorway approximately two and a half miles long that runs east-west between Marylebone and East Acton and is the last section of the A40 going into central London. Three quarters of its length is elevated from the street level starting at the Wood Lane junction and continuing to its end in central London. For this dissertation I am concentrating purely on the elevated section, the immediate surrounding area and the community which its massive structure shadows.
I have lived in Shepherds Bush most of my life and have used the Westway to get across London many times. Cutting out the maze of London back streets it is very quick and normally has very little traffic. Beforng, fast and a welcome change from the crawling pace of London traffic my main interest is the culture that has developed under the vast concrete structure. Unlike most other flyovers in London it is centrally located and in the heart of an already established residential area. For this reason there have been many de
Since most parts of London were established before cars existed, no forethought was put into the planning of road layouts. The build up of car use in the twentieth century made congestion in London more server. Also cars went faster than earlyer transport and needed straighter smoother roads. Roads outside London were easier to redevelop since there were less buildings obstructing their course. In London, roads could not be redeveloped further without maties grand plans were devised for a road network that would relieve the pressure from the congested streets. Planners envisaged it to be built in stages and decided as a starting point to look at the West .
To the West of London the A40 stopped short at Gypsy Corner in Acton. Shepherds Bush was a bottle neck for traffic that still had to crawl along the Bayswater road a further four miles to central London. Frustrated drivers took detours off the Bayswater road to find alternative routes through North Kensington, thus accumilating traffic through The Grove. Theic Appraisal”
“ the first reference to a major route on an alignment approximating to the Westway was in 1910.”
In the fifties all road plans of London suggested this a route. The technologyl and economy of the sixties finally made such proposals possible. The alignment was marked to run along the north side of the Hammersmith and City Line. Established
The planners' proposals were approved and amendment inquiries were made to reassess the planners vision. London County Council's (LCC) Development Plan Amendment Inquiry 1961 defined the housing of the WestWay area as;
“closely knit residential properties of poor quality. On either side of existing railway lines. Some better larger housing exists in limited areas.”...