The Anonymous Widower

The Hundred Mile City

I heard about The Hundred Mile City on the BBC London News

It will never happen!

  • Can you imagine all London Boroughs agreeing to it?
  • Negotiation would be like Brexit squared.
  • Armies of Nimbys and the Council For The Fossilisation Of England would have a field day.
  • Linear cities were proposed for Londonn to Southampton and Ipswich to Felixstowe in the 1960s.

On the other hand, as a child, I had dreams of a circular railway through where I lived in Cockfosters, as getting to Central London was fast, but getting to my friends and relatives in Edgware and Enfield was slow.

Note that the plans involve a circular monorail. Monorails are not very common, except at theme parks. That is an idea from well into the last century.

Today, we would use tram-trains, as they are so much more functional and easily extended.


February 5, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , ,


  1. To be fair this was never intended as a serious scheme, and if BBC London have presented it as that, they are wrong. It is also old news, and simply an exercise to define the city limit and prevent continuous urban sprawl. The reality is that outer London boroughs should learn lessons from it and may implement some of the principles discussed. If you’re interested in learning more I strongly recommend you contact Peter Barber Architects directly or go to a talk by them- they are very good IMO and have always been very happy to share and discuss their ideas, in my experience.

    Comment by JM | February 5, 2019 | Reply

  2. The green belt around London was set up to prevent to spread of London in the same way as some cities in America which have sprawled outwards but have largely low density development that wastes space.

    As for a circular railway at Cockfosters well you did get the M25 The Road To Nowhere instead!

    The Overground is the closest to a circular railway but it doesn’t run in a complete circle with need to change at Clapham Junction.

    Comment by Melvyn | February 5, 2019 | Reply

    • But as a thirteen-year-old at the time, all I had was buses and my bike!

      Comment by AnonW | February 5, 2019 | Reply

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