Streatham High Road, some
two miles (3.6 km) in length, is part of the main A23 road from
London to Brighton, and is in
the London Borough
of Lambeth. It begins in the north at Streatham Hill
railway station, being an end-on junction with Streatham
Hill and continues south to Norbury where the
A23 becomes London Road.
through the centre of Streatham, it creates what is locally believed to be the
longest high street in the whole of the United Kingdom, although it is also a contender to be the longest
continuous High Street in Europe.
"Britain's Worst Street"
In 2002 it was voted, in a contentious BBC
for Architecture and the Built Environment
poll, to be
Britain's Worst Street
- largely thanks to its traffic
problems, and a generally poor ambiance (run-down shopfronts,
damaged pavements). However, it is a busy shopping area in the day,
and a busy nightlife area in the evening.
before this report had appeared, a plan was being formulated by
Transport for London Street
Management (who are legally responsible for the road and pavement
maintenance, signage and street furniture) and the London Borough of Lambeth's Highways and Streatham Town Centre Management
teams to improve Streatham High Road.
This sets out to "promote the needs of pedestrians, shoppers,
cyclists and public transport before the needs of traffic on the
The first phase was implemented in 2004-05, with new lighting and
street furniture. Lambeth is also funding a shop front improvement
After 0.6 mile (0.96 km) there is a large junction complex,
where Tooting Bec Road
(A214) and Mitcham Lane
(A216) join the A23. This is the point where most of the traffic
chaos ensues. Following that point the road is relatively straight
(it follows the line of the London to Brighton Way
Roman road from London to Brighton). On the east is
Common (now largely built upon); and at the end of the
High Road is Norbury
Park. Here the final small section is within the
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