The London Borough of Redbridge is located in North East London, near Stratford and the 2012 Olympic Park. The Borough is well connected to Central London, the Thames Gateway, Docklands and the London City Airport via effective public transport. There is also direct road links to the M11, A406 (North Circular), the A12 and the rest of the motorway networks in London. Redbridge has the Central Line Underground running through the Borough and fast overland trains to Stratford and London Liverpool Street Stations. The Borough also contains an efficient network of bus services through the Borough and to and from neighbouring Boroughs.
Redbridge’s population is 270,500, with more than a third of its residents being of minority ethnic or nonwhite origin.
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 tube station was opened in 1947.
The London Borough of Redbridge has within its boundaries parts of two large open spaces: Epping Forest and the Lee Valley Park. Apart from many smaller parks, gardens and sports grounds, the following are the main open spaces in Redbridge:
- Hainault Forest Country Park: 300 acres (120ha)
- Fairlop Waters: an open space with two lakes and a golf course
- Goodmayes Park
- Seven Kings Park
- Roding Valley Park
- South Park, Ilford
- Valentines Park, Ilford
Fairlop Waters Country Park is one of 11 parks throughout Greater London chosen to receive money for redevelopment by a public vote, in 2009. The park received £400,000 towards better footpaths, more lighting, refurbished public toilets and new play areas for children.
Click here to view the Redbridge Council website.