The photo above is the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain's current Good Cycling Facility of the Week - an underpass in Zwolle. It reminded me of a recent trip I made to Redbridge in the north-east of London, so here's a quick post about a couple of their underpasses.
The underpass above is a far cry from a typical British underpass - this one in Redbridge, where the A12 and A406 North Circular connect, is quite a generous one by our standards.
That underpass is just off the bottom of this map and no roads cross the A406, which runs top to bottom in this photo, until the A:406/A1400 intersection at the top of this photo.
There is however an underpass just above the red line I've drawn, with a pedestrian route connecting the community on the left of the A406, towards Snaresbrook railway station, and the community on the right, which includes the private Spire Roding Hospital and Tesco Woodford Green Superstore.
This is an underpass of Dutch proportions!
Wouldn't it be great to provide a verdant, attractive and truly functional walking and cycling route through this underpass to connect the two communities. This is how it looks now:
Heading east of the underpass, a failing path, unlit at night, to the first of two narrow bridges
I suppose we should be thankful that a road hasn't been run through here as I suspect such a large underpass was provided to allow for this.
If only funding was available for proper walking and cycling infrastructure in places like this. Kindly don't mention the Garden Bridge.