Westway (London)

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Westway, or The Westway is the main route from central London to the northwestern suburbs and beyond. It starts at the junction of Euston Road and Tottenham Court Road, and goes all the way to west Wales as the A40 trunk road. Strictly speaking, the name Westway applies to only the section between Marylebone and Savoy Circus in Acton; other parts are known by different names, such as Euston Road, Western Avenue, London Road, etc. Nevertheless, many people informally refer to the whole road as The Westway, even though westwards from Savoy Circus the road's formal name is Western Avenue. The infamous Hanger Lane Gyratory System is its intersection with the North Circular Road; it makes an end-on junction with the M40 motorway about a mile north-west of Uxbridge, at the Denham Roundabout.

A notable landmark on Western Avenue at Perivale is the Art Deco Hoover Building, now a supermarket.

History

When first constructed, all intersections with other roads were flat junctions with roundabouts, resulting in significant congestion at busy periods. Now the Greenford Road junction is a flyover where Western Avenue is taken over the Greenford Road; all the other junctions take Western Avenue under the crossing road. The last junction to be improved was the Master Brewer lights at the junction with Long Lane, Hillingdon. Here the work diverted Western Avenue to the north of the old line of the road, taking it under both Long Lane and the Uxbridge branch of the Metropolitan Line; Hillingdon London Underground Station was rebuilt as part of the work.

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