There is in the City of London a strange dead-end – an elevated walkway that ends with you peering precariously over a steep drop. A pedway to nowhere.
The pedways were an idealistically flawed idea of the City to build elevated walkways above the roads so that pedestrians and motorists wouldn’t need to interact. However, no one told the pedestrians who stuck to the road level pavement and stubbornly refused to go upstairs and downstairs to use them. Plans to link up a number of built walkways into a city-wide network foundered.
A number of these marooned bits of unused walkway exist all over the city, so you might think this bit overlooking London Wall is a failed dead-end from the past.
In fact, it’s brand new — or at least the fact that it’s a dead-end is brand new, for this was once part of the pedway that actually worked, and ran above the noisy London Wall road towards Moorgate.
That was demolished recently though and the old 1970s offices replaced with modern new offices, and delightfully, a brand new and wonderful pedway built.
But the new pedway doesn’t link up with the old one, so here is a short spur of a dead end, where once a pedway existed. What makes it just a bit more fun is that while a new barrier was added to stop people walking off the edge, they’ve left the old direction signs in place.
This way for the Museum of London, but don’t go that way to get to Bank. Well, not over the edge at least.
It’s one of those odd little quirks of the city that’s worth seeking out just for the sheer folly of its existence.