Search

Romford Pictures: Now you see it... now you don’t - Noak Hill Road bridge comes down in a matter of hours

09:00 23 March 2013

The bridge across Noak Hill Road being taken down. PICTURE: LEN RASON

The bridge across Noak Hill Road being taken down. PICTURE: LEN RASON

Archant

It has connected two sides of Noak Hill Road for 40 years but last week the bridge came down.

Len Rason, 77, took these photographs of the removal of the pedestrian bridge in Harold Hill – which brought back a lot of memories for him.

He said: “I remember when the bridge went up in 1970.

“It connected the Bedfords Park School and the Whitworth Centre site, the Harold Hill Grammar School.

“My daughters went to the schools and used to use it. I remember when they told me it was going to be built.”

The local history enthusiast added that he watched the Welsh demolition team taking the aging bridge down in just a matter of hours on the morning of Thursday last week.

The former school sites are currently being developed for new housing.

Cllr Barry Tebbutt, Havering Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetcare, said: “The surfacing on the bridge was in a poor state and not easy for everyone to use, and the developers building the new housing estate in the area have given us the opportunity to replace the bridge with a new toucan crossing, subject to planning permission.

“This will provide a safe and easy way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.”

Click on the photo gallery to the right to see Len’s pictures of the work taking place.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 16:37
Town Hall

Residents are being asked to comment on the council’s draft plans for building affordable housing.

Yesterday, 15:38
Trevor Howard (left) remains hopefuly about opening the micropub in Main Road, Gidea Park.

Plans to open the borough’s second micropub are on hold.

Yesterday, 14:06
Junior doctors on strike outside of Queen's Hospital in Romford

Junior doctors in Romford have agreed to halt further strikes as negotiations with the government restart.

Yesterday, 12:42
The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to the People's Palace at Queen Mary's University to see a production by the London Chamber Orchestra. Students from the Havering Music Service

Talented musicians from the borough were treated to a royal visit on Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday, 11:30
A CCTV still of Arvydas Filipavicius during one of his armed robberies

An armed robber has been jailed for 10 years after conducting a series of attacks on Lithuanian convenience stores with an air gun.

Yesterday, 08:00
Mayoral candidates: Sian Berry (Green), Zac Goldsmith (Tory), Sadiq Khan (Lab) and Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)

Havering goes to the polls today to vote for the capital’s next mayor in what has been described by commentators as the “nastiest campaign in decades”.

Yesterday, 07:00
Theresa and Rob Mottram with daughter Lily-May

The wife of a man with a terminal brain tumour who cannot receive any more treatment, says she is heartbroken.

Wed, 17:10
The RSPCA Essex and Havering branch is asking for people to be

In the week when foxes in Leicester found the net to crown themselves Premier League champions, warnings have been issued to homeowners to ensure Havering’s foxes don’t score an own goal.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe