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Slim
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196 of 219  Wed 14th Sep 2016 7:30am  
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I lived just off Four Pounds as a young 'un. It was always a single carriageway road then, although the bed for the extra carriageway was laid at the same time. They turned it into a dual carriageway some years after we left the area.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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197 of 219  Wed 18th Jan 2017 9:00am  
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Does anyone know why the Earlsdon Avenue bridge across the railway is so much wider than the existing road width? A former CCC worker has suggested to me that it was designed thus in anticipation of construction of a "middle ring road" which included Four Pounds Avenue (hence that being dualled)
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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198 of 219  Wed 18th Jan 2017 7:51pm  
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^^ interesting and quite believable. I read a book recently that talked about plans for new suburbs to be linked by dual carriageways to older suburbs and the city centre, but the plans never fully happened (I think Canley was one, hence the dual carriageways up there). Discussion here (Not much, but similar speculation).
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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199 of 219  Wed 18th Jan 2017 9:31pm  
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There were plans for an 'outer' ring road as Rob details here. However it was much further out of the city.
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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200 of 219  Thu 19th Jan 2017 1:12am  
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The M6/A46/A5 largely follow the line of the "Outer Ring Road". The missing North West section and a new southern bypass for the A45 ("southern bypass") is being discussed by the council on Tuesday! Peter.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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201 of 219  Sat 21st Jan 2017 2:37am  
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Here's a couple of interesting images dated 29th August 1973 showing Ring Road development and the Ringway Queens section that's just being changed again as part of the Friarsgate project. You can see the area where they cleared Stoneleigh Terrace, they used as a ramp to dig out the underpass. Sad Also visible are the foundations going in for the Tax Offices. Were they the brick 'sheds' from what was Parkside Garage on the very left? I can remember they were there before the whole Tax Office area was cleared in the '80's/'90's, certainly the backs of them were visible from Grosvenor Road. Edited by member, 21st Jan 2017 7:13 am
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pixrobin
Canley
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202 of 219  Mon 13th Feb 2017 7:31pm  
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My friend Steve and I did 4 circuits of the ring road with my Go-Pro running. Above are a couple of frames going under the Warwick Road.
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steelbreeze
Rugby
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203 of 219  Wed 28th Jun 2017 3:35pm  
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As an aside to all this, has anyone ever seen a copy of the "original" ring road layout, that encompassed the station? I'd be fascinated to see it. Lol Just 'cause I'm a nosey sort haha Happy
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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204 of 219  Wed 28th Jun 2017 7:29pm  
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I have a scan of an early plan for a ring road on this page (from the 1945 "Future Coventry" guide) - but it doesn't stretch as far out as the station. Do you know of any other plans that encompassed it but were later ditched?
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steelbreeze
Rugby
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205 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 8:34am  
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It's referred to here, under "A change of plan". I just wondered if anyone had ever seen the original layout. Edited by Midland Red, 29th Jun 2017 8:49 am (Link clarified)
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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206 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 12:37pm  
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No map, but this was the proposed route from The Coventry Telegraph July 1944. Interestingly it was agreed in principal in 1945 that the city's main bus station would be next to the railway station. Edited by member, 29th Jun 2017 5:20 pm
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steelbreeze
Rugby
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207 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 3:38pm  
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By my reckoning, that is pretty close to the current route, St Patrick's Road being north of the station. That, and I've just done a dot-to-dot on a print of a stitched-together map from 1914 from old-maps Lol
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PeterB
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208 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 4:20pm  
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Rob, There is a February 1941 plan in the Historic England book "Coventry - The Making of the Modern City". It shows a circular road roughly along the line of Corporation Street, Queen Victoria Road to the current Junction 6 then east to Acacia Avenue, it then turns north and follows Vequerary Street, Lower Ford street and Ford Street. Most of the junctions are simple crossroads (not roundabouts). The plan in the book is copyright Edinburgh University so unfortunately I can't reproduce it here. Hopefully they have a copy in the Local History section at the Herbert. Peter.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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209 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 7:24pm  
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There are several plans on here, looks like an interesting read anyway. It is by the architects who wrote the book that PeterB has mentioned. Coventry planned
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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210 of 219  Thu 29th Jun 2017 9:28pm  
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Annewiggy, Thanks for the link. It will be an interesting read. The drawing I was referring to is the lower drawing on page 12 of the booklet (page 18 of the pdf). Peter.
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