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

34 minutes ago
Barkingside Magistrates' Court

A postwoman left with life changing injuries after a dog attacked her will finally be compensated.

Yesterday, 18:00
Emma Dobie (centre left) and Hayley Madden (centre right) with their team. Photo: Steve Poston

Two mums who thought outside the matchbox struck upon a novelty idea that has grown into a business turning over £500,000 per year.

Yesterday, 12:28
Upminster Windmill renovations. Pictures by Richard Saville

Excited onlookers witnessed a moment of history when Upminster Windmill’s cap was removed as part of on-going restoration works on Friday.

Yesterday, 11:14
We Are FSTVL, pictured 2015

Hundreds of tired festival-goers enjoyed a hot drink and a place to rest at a church after a night of dancing.

Yesterday, 11:00
Chelmsford Crown Court

A man has been jailed for eight years for his part in a bloodthirsty 30-second attack on a Romford traveller who had his hand virtually chopped off.

Yesterday, 10:53
Lindsay Lohan attends the Vanity Fair Post Oscars Party at the Mortons, Los Angeles.

It appears a number of famous faces enjoyed this weekend’s We Are FSTVL in Upminster, including American actress Lindsay Lohan.

Yesterday, 08:25
The Met Office has issued a weather warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as heavy rain hits the south east.

Yesterday, 07:00
Shelley Hart

The CEO of a volunteering charity says she is “delighted” to be celebrating their success after the shock of closure last year.

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

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

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!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe