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The name comes from a bridge over the River Roding which had been demolished in 1921. The bridge was made of red brick, unlike other bridges in the area made of white stone. The name had first been applied to the Redbridge area and Redbridge Station was opened in 1947. It was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.
The borough is divided into the following districts:
- Aldborough Hatch
- Fullwell Cross
- Gants Hill
- Little Heath
- Newbury Park
- Seven Kings
- South Woodford
- Woodford Bridge
- Woodford Green
Notable areas include:
- Cathedral City Estate
- Garden City Estate
- Commonwealth Estate
- Woods Estate
- Firs Estate
- Knighton Estate
- Mayfield Bungalow Estate
- Nightingale Estate
- Wanstead Flats
- Maybank Estate
- Hill Farm Estate
- Orchard Estate
The Great Eastern Mainline from Liverpool Street Station passes through the borough east to west with stations at Ilford, Seven Kings and Goodmayes. These are all planned to be on the cross-London Crossrail route.
The London Underground Central Line also passes through the borough, with stations at Snaresbrook, South Woodford and Woodford on the Epping branch and Wanstead, Redbridge, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Barkingside, Fairlop and Hainault on the Hainault branch, following the route of the A12 road from Wanstead to Newbury Park. Grange Hill station lies on the boundary between the London Borough of Redbridge and the Epping Forest district.
The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as a merger of the former area of:
|Former local government district||Population (1961)|
|Municipal Borough of Ilford||178,024|
|Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford||61,416|
|northern part of the Municipal Borough of Dagenham around ]Hog Hill||3,569|
|south eastern part of Chigwell Urban District around Hainault||7,071|
The London Development Agency (LDA) have funded a new permanent road cycle circuit and mountain bike course at the Hog Hill cycle track – near the Hainault Forest Country Park, costing £5m. This replaces the former Eastway cycle facilities sited within the London Olympic Park. The council will be funding the facility up to the completion of the legacy London Velopark. Work is underway to identify an operator of Hog Hill beyond 2012.
Redbridge is the Local Education Authority of the district.
Details of local council elections here [Rees, A.M. & Smith, T: Town Councillors: a study of Barking (1964) ]
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