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London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Redbridge
London borough
Coat of arms of London Borough of Redbridge
Coat of arms
Official logo of London Borough of Redbridge
Council logo
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status London borough
Admin HQ Ilford
Created 1 April 1965
 • Type London borough council
 • Body Redbridge London Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • Mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin
 • MPs John Cryer
Iain Duncan Smith
Mike Gapes
Wes Streeting
 • London Assembly Roger Evans AM for Havering and Redbridge
 • EU Parliament London
 • Total 21.78 sq mi (56.41 km2)
Area rank 285th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]

34.5% White British
1.4% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
6.6% Other White
1.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.2% White & Asian
1.2% Other Mixed
16.4% Indian
11.1% Pakistani
5.7% Bangladeshi
1.1% Chinese
7.4% Other Asian
4.4% Black African
3.2% Black Caribbean
1.2% Other Black
0.6% Arab

2.1% Other
 • ONS code 00BC
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes E, IG, RM
Area code(s) 020
Police force Metropolitan Police

The London Borough of Redbridge (   ) is a London borough in east London,[2] England. It is known for its award winning parks and open spaces, excellent transport links, thriving shopping areas and high-performing schools.[3] The borough is known as the 'leafy suburb'[4] with one quarter of the borough covered by forest and green, and three quarters of homes are owner-occupied.

Its administrative headquarters is at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford. The local authority is Redbridge London Borough Council.


  • Etymology 1
  • Places of interest 2
    • Parks and open spaces 2.1
    • Arts and culture 2.2
    • Libraries 2.3
  • Sport and leisure facilities 3
  • Geography 4
  • Demographics 5
    • Ethnic and religious change 5.1
  • Transport 6
    • TfL Rail 6.1
    • London Underground 6.2
    • Buses 6.3
    • Travel to work 6.4
  • History 7
    • Destruction of Hainault Forest 7.1
  • Redbridge London Borough Council 8
  • Education 9
  • Maps 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12
  • Gallery 13


The name comes from a bridge over the River Roding which was 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 tube station was opened in 1947. It was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.[5]

Places of interest

Parks and open spaces

Redbridge is one of London's greenest Boroughs, with more than 35 parks, playgrounds and open spaces to enjoy. These include Hainault Forest Country Park, with 300 acres of countryside including adventure play areas, cafe and petting zoo. Roding Valley Park, a wildlife sanctuary with a wide range of flora and fauna and woodland areas to explore. Fairlop Waters Country Park, which offers a huge range of activities both on and off the water. The award winning Valentines Park, situated next to the beautiful Valentines Mansion, ornamental gardens, bowling green and outdoor gym among other attractions. Claybury Woods and Park, a conservation area that features and ancient area of oak and hornbeam woodland, meadows and wildlife ponds.

Six parks have attained the prestigious Green Flag Award.

For more information, see Redbridge parks and open spaces

Arts and culture

South Woodford, offers young people aged five to 21 the chance to take part in a professional performance and gives the public a year-round opportunity to see live shows in this part of the Borough. It has a television studio and edit suite where film and videos are made.

Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford opened in 1975 and the theatre in Ilford Town Centre has since served up a diverse programme of amateur and professional performances to the local community with new shows most weeks.

Redbridge Museum is situated in Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Redbridge Museum explores the many places, people and events in over 150,000 years of the Borough's history. The museum also features interactive displays, a multi-media Children's Trail and touch displays to help bring the past to life. There are also regular changing exhibitions for visitors to enjoy.


Redbridge has 13 libraries across the Borough. This includes the Redbridge Central Library, in Clements Road, Ilford, which had a major refurbishment in 2012. The libraries offer a number of services including reading clubs, story time sessions, study areas and learning resources.

The libraries in Redbridge are:

  • Aldersbrook Library
  • Clayhall Library
  • Fullwell Cross Library
  • Gants Hill Library
  • Goodmayes Library
  • Hainault Library
  • Redbridge Central Library
  • Keith Axon Library
  • Seven Kings Library
  • South Woodford Library
  • Uphall School Library
  • Wanstead Library
  • Woodford Green Library

Sport and leisure facilities

Redbridge has a number of sports and leisure facilities including the fantastic road and off road cycling tracks at Redbridge Cycling Centre, top class water sports at Fairlop Activity Centre, in Fairlop Waters and sporting facilities at Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, in Forest Road, Fairlop. Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, in Barkingside features a swimming pool, dance studio and spa.

There are also a number of outdoor gyms in the Borough's parks. The gyms can be found in the following parks:

  • Ashton Playing Fields
  • Claybury Woods and Park
  • Elmhurst Gardens
  • Forest Road Playing Fields
  • Goodmayes Park
  • Ray Park
  • Valentines Park

There are two local football teams both playing in the Isthmian League Division One: Redbridge F.C. (not to be confused with Dagenham & Redbridge) and Ilford FC. In addition there is fellow Non-League football club Barkingside F.C. who play at The Oakside stadium.

The borough was one of the locations of the 2010 Mayor of London's Sky Ride. Along with Ealing, it was the first time the event took place in Outer London boroughs as well as in central London.

Redbridge's Valentines Park in Ilford acted as one of Essex County Cricket Club's home grounds in 1923-4 and from 1935 until 2002, when the club stopped playing there due to financial constraints.[6]



In 2011 the population of Redbridge was recorded at 278,970.[7] In common with the other London boroughs this continues a period of growth; between the 1991 and 2001 censuses the increase was 7.5%[8] with a further rise of 15.3% by 2011.[7] Redbridge has the third highest proportion of children and a higher-than-average proportion of older adults while the proportion of working age adults is slightly lower than average.[9] The population density was last recorded at 4,945 residents per km2 (the London regional density is 5,199, far higher than the England and Wales figure of 371).[7]

The healthy life expectancy (HLE) at birth for Redbridge residents stands at 65.5 years for males and 62.4 years for females (the England average HLE is 63.4 for males and 64.1 for females).[10]

Redbridge is one of the most ethnically diverse local authorities in the UK. 34% of respondents to the 2011 census stated that they were born outside the UK and 65.5% identified as belonging to an ethnic group other than white British.[11] Redbridge's largest ethnic group is White British (34.5%), followed by Indian (16.4%),[11] and Pakistani (Redbridge has the highest proportion of Pakistani residents of any London borough).[11]

Ethnic and religious change

In common with many London boroughs, the most recent (2011) census showed notable ethnic and religious population mobility in Redbridge. Ethnic groups whose proportions[11] fell in Redbridge were White British (-23% of the borough's total), Irish (-0.9%), and Caribbean (-0.6%). Ethnic groups whose proportions rose include Pakistani (+4.9%), other Asians (+4.4%), Bangladeshis (+3.9%), and other White (+2.9%). Religious groups whose proportions fell in Redbridge were Christian (-13.9%) and Jews (-2.5%). For Jews this represented a fall of over 50% of their number in some wards. Religious groups whose proportions rose include Muslims (+11.4%) followed by Hindu (+3.6%).

Educated 30–40 years old Asian residents of Redbridge who participated in a 2012 academic research project[12] expressed nostalgia for an earlier Redbridge they described as more culturally diverse, by which they meant fewer British Asians.


TfL Rail

Fairlop Loop (Hainault Loop)
Central line to Epping
(formerly to Ongar)
Roding Valley
M11 motorway
Grange Hill
Hainault depot
Newbury Park
A12 Eastern Avenue
connection closed 1956
(Ilford curve closed 1947)
Gants Hill
Central line to Central London
GER to Shenfield
Seven Kings
Junction now site of Ilford Depot
GER to London Liverpool Street
Route Frequency
TfL Rail service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield 6 trains per hour
Station Image Opened[13] Notes[13]
Ilford 20 June 1839
Seven Kings 1 April 1899
Goodmayes 18 February 1901

These services serving these stations will be rebranded from TfL Rail to Crossrail in 2017.

London Underground

Central line Fairlop Loop

Epping Branch.

Station Image Opened[13] Notes[13]
Snaresbrook 14 December 1947
South Woodford 14 December 1947 Opened as South Woodford (George Lane); renamed 1947
Woodford Handicapped/disabled access 14 December 1947 Terminus of Hainault Loop

Hainault Branch following the route of the A12 road from Wanstead to Newbury Park.

Station Image Opened[13] Notes[13]
Wanstead 14 December 1947
Redbridge 14 December 1947
Gants Hill 14 December 1947
Newbury Park 14 December 1947
Barkingside 31 May 1948
Fairlop 31 May 1948
Hainault Handicapped/disabled access 31 May 1948
Grange Hill 21 November 1948 lies on the boundary between the London Borough of Redbridge and the Epping Forest district


Ilford Hainault Street Bus Station, where nine different bus routes terminate.

Numerous London buses run through and within the borough. These include routes 20, 62, 173, 368, 387, 397, 549; night bus routes N8, N15, N86; school bus route 667, 675, 679; and other routes 958. And also these routes :

Route Number Route Via Operator Operation
25 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Oxford Circus Holborn , Aldgate , Stratford First London 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
66 Handicapped/disabled access Leytonstone Station to Romford Station Wanstead , Redbridge , Gants Hill , Newbury Park Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
86 Handicapped/disabled access Stratford Bus Station to Romford Station Manor Park, Ilford , Seven Kings Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
101 Handicapped/disabled access Wanstead Station to Gallions Reach Shopping Centre Manor Park , East Ham , Beckton Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
123 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Wood Green Bus Station Gants Hill , Walthamstow, Tottenham, Turnpike Lane Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
128Handicapped/disabled access Claybury Broadway to Romford Station Barkingside, Gants Hill , Ilford Arriva London 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
145Handicapped/disabled access Leytonstone to Dagenham Asda Redbridge , Ilford, Becontree Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
147Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Canning Town station East Ham , Newham General Hospital, Custom House Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
150 Handicapped/disabled access Chigwell Row to Becontree Heath Bus Station Hainault Barkingside, Gants Hill , Ilford Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
167 Handicapped/disabled access Debden to Ilford Hainault Street Loughton , Barkingside, Gants Hill Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
169 Handicapped/disabled access Barking Town Centre to Clayhall The Glade Ilford , Newbury Park, Barkingside Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
179 Handicapped/disabled access Chingford to Ilford Hainault Street Woodford Green, South Woodford , Gants Hill First London Daily. London Buses service. Times
247 Handicapped/disabled access Barkingside Station to Romford Station Hainault , Collier Row Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
275 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow St James Street Station to Barkingside Tesco Highams Park, Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
296 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Sainbury's to Romford Station Gants Hill , Newbury Park, Rose Lane Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
308 Handicapped/disabled access Wanstead Station to Clapton Park Millfields Road Forest Gate , Stratford , Leyton First London Daily. London Buses service. Times
362 Handicapped/disabled access King George Hospital Hainault, Marks Gate, Chadwell Heath Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
364 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Dagenham East Station Goodmayes , Becontree, Dagenham Heathway Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
366 Handicapped/disabled access Redbridge Falmouth Gardens to Beckton Station Redbridge , Ilford, Barking Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
396 Handicapped/disabled access King George Hospital Gants Hill , Newbury Park, Little Heath Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
462 Handicapped/disabled access Hainault The Lowe to Ilford Hainault Street Grange Hill , Barkingside, Gants Hill Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
EL1 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Station to Barking Reach Ilford Lane, Barking , River Road Blue Triangle 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
EL2 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Station to Dagenham Dock Station Barking , Thames View Estate, Dagenham Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
W12 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow Coppermill Lane to Wanstead Station Walthamstow Central , Whipps Cross Hospital, South Woodford HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W13 Handicapped/disabled access Woodford Wells to Leytonstone Station Woodford Green, Snaresbrook , Wanstead HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W14 Handicapped/disabled access Leyton Asda to Woodford Bridge South Woodford , Wanstead , Leytonstone Tower Transit Daily. London Buses service. Times
W19 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow Angel Avenue to Ilford Station Walthamstow Central , Leytonstone , Manor Park Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times

Travel to work

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 23.5% of all residents aged 16–74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 6.2%; train, 6.2%; bus, minibus or coach, 4.6%; on foot, 3.7%; work mainly at or from home, 2.6%; passenger in a car or van, 1.5%.[14]


The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as a merger of the former area of:

Redbridge Town Hall on Ilford High Road
Former local government district Population (1961)[15]
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

All of which had been transferred from Essex to Greater London by the Act.

Destruction of Hainault Forest

In 1851 an act of parliament permitted the destruction of Epping Forest, which only lost around 10% of its area.

Redbridge London Borough Council

Summary of Council results:
Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2014 Labour 25 35 3 0
2012 No Overall Control 29 25 7 2
2010[16][17] No Overall Control 30 26 7 0
2009 No Overall Control 31 14 13 5
2006[18] Conservative 33 18 10 2
2002 Conservative 33 21 9 -
1998 No overall control 23 28 9 2
1994 No overall control 23 30 9
1990[19] Conservative 42 18 3
1986 Conservative 45 17 1
1982 Conservative 51 12
1978 Conservative 50 13
1974 Conservative 45 15
1971 Conservative 42 18
1968 Conservative 55 5
1964 Conservative 45 15

In June 2007 Redbridge London Borough Council introduced Redbridge i, a website using personalisation and customisation techniques. In May 2008 Redbridge i was used as the basis for the Redbridge Conversation, a public consultation asking everyone who lives or works in the borough to talk about the long-term improvements they want to see, and how the council should pay for them.


Redbridge Council is the Local Education Authority. The Borough has the accolade of sending more young people to university than any other borough in the country in both 2011 and 2012. GCSE and A Level results are consistently higher than the Country's average.

All schools in the borough take part in the Redbridge Schools Choral Festival, a biennial music festival held in the Royal Albert Hall in Knightsbridge.[20] It was inaugurated in 1976. Around 1,900 children from Redbridge schools take part in each festival, with the latest edition being held in 2012.


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