Safety Drive and Eco Way: How Britain’s changing street names really are a sign of the times

Daily Mail
28.03.2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

They are a reflection of an increasingly multi-cultural and environmentally-aware society.

Streets across Britain are being given ‘modern’ names such as Karma Way, Safety Drive and Euro Close.

Dr David Green, a geographer from King’s College London, told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘Street names reflect modern culture and society and preoccupations. They now also show a worldwide influence.’

Among the streets with a meditative theme are Karma Way in Harrow, north London, and Samsara Road in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Both use phrases from Indian religions to do with cause and effect and reincarnation respectively.

Meanwhile, perhaps Yoga Way in Sutton, south London, is a relaxing place to live. Or the financially motivated may want to move to Euro Close in Brent, north London.

Others follow an environmental theme. Eco Way in Doncaster and Sustainability Way in Leyland, Lancashire, are both products of a society aware of scientists’ claims about climate change.

Many road names reflect Britain’s immigrant communities.

Polonez Court in Swindon shares its name with a Communist-era car manufacturer. The Berkshire town has seen an influx of eastern Europeans so the local council has approved the use of 15 Polish words for new developments. Oberek Lane is named after a folk dance.

An Arabic term for mosque has been used to name Masjid Lane in Tower Hamlets, east London, while there is an Allama Iqbal Road in Bolton, Greater Manchester, named after Sir Muhammad Iqbal, an early 20th Century poet who was a strong advocator of the spiritual revival of Islamic civilisation.

Salaam Court in Peterborough, meanwhile, uses the Arabic word for peace.

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