Gants Hill

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Gants Hill Roundabout and entrance to tube station and subway

Gants Hill is a district of Ilford in the London Borough of Redbridge in northeast Greater London, England. It is a suburban development situated Template:Convert northeast of Charing Cross. It is also the name of a roundabout junction within the district.

History

Toponymy. The name could have originated from the le Gant family, who are recorded as appearing in the area as early as 1291. Theories also say the name is based on Gnats Cross.

Geography

The area is mostly residential with a selection of retail outlets, a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, bars and a hotel. Valentines Park is located between Gants Hill and nearby Ilford.

Valentines High School and Gearies School are schools in the area. Other nearby schools include Beal High School in Clayhall, King Solomon High School in Fairlop, and the selective grammar schools Ilford County High School and Woodford County High School located in Barkingside and Woodford respectively.

Perth Road is the main road of the Commonwealth Estate, overlapping with Ilford proper, in which the roads are named after cities of former British colonies such as Aden, Colombo, Auckland, Toronto, Quebec, Melbourne and Perth.

The Odeon cinema, originally called the Savoy, was demolished in 2003 to provide space for a block of flats. It stood between Eastern Avenue and Perth Road.

Gants Hill is also home to the popular 'Faces' nightclub, which is located in Cranbrook Road. The club has previously been featured in the ITV2 reality series The Only Way Is Essex and opens Thursday to Saturday. The club has six bars, two music rooms and VIP tables.

Nearest places are Newbury Park, Barkingside, Ilford and Redbridge.

Renovation

Gants Hill roundabout and the surrounding area underwent extensive renovation, beginning in June 2009. The works were paid for by Transport For London. The project introduced new signalised pedestrian crossings around the roundabout whilst the Gants Hill subways received new floor tiles and coloured banding on the walls. The renovations were completed in late September 2010 with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visiting the roundabout. Boris Johnson also unveiled a plaque to mark his visit.

Transport

Formerly part of the A406, Woodford Avenue has now been renumbered as the A1400 and a new section of the A406 has been built through Redbridge and Ilford to Barking and Beckton. The A12 runs east-west, and the A123, Cranbrook Road, runs north-south, through Gants Hill roundabout, which is also the endpoint of the A1400. All these roads have several bus routes along them (see map). A minor road, Clarence Avenue, also comes off the roundabout.

Gants Hill tube station on the Central Line of the London Underground is underneath the roundabout. There are several entrances to the station, and the pedestrian tunnels to the station also form an underpass for people wishing to cross the busy roads near the roundabout.

Buses

Route Number Route Via Operator Operation
66 Template:Access icon Leytonstone Station Template:Rail-interchange to Romford Station Template:Rail-interchange Wanstead Template:Rail-interchange, Redbridge Template:Rail-interchange, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Newbury Park Template:Rail-interchange Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
123 Template:Access icon Ilford Hainault Street to Wood Green Bus Station Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Walthamstow, Tottenham, Turnpike Lane Template:Rail-interchange Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
128 Template:Access icon Claybury Broadway to Romford Station Template:Rail-interchange Barkingside, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, IlfordTemplate:Rail-interchange Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
150 Template:Access icon Chigwell Row to Becontree Heath Bus Station Hainault Template:Rail-interchange Barkingside, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Ilford Template:Rail-interchange Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
167 Template:Access icon Debden Template:Rail-interchange to Ilford Hainault Street Loughton Template:Rail-interchange, Barkingside, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange Docklands Buses Daily. London Buses service. Times
179 Template:Access icon Chingford Template:Rail-interchange to Ilford Hainault Street Woodford Green, South Woodford Template:Rail-interchange, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange First London Daily. London Buses service. Times
296 Template:Access icon Ilford Sainbury's to Romford Station Template:Rail-interchange Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Newbury ParkTemplate:Rail-interchange, Rose Lane East London Daily. London Buses service. Times
396 Template:Access icon Ilford Sainbury's to King George Hospital Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Newbury ParkTemplate:Rail-interchange, Little Heath East London Daily. London Buses service. Times
462 Template:Access icon Hainault The Lowe to Ilford Hainault Street Grange Hill Template:Rail-interchange, Barkingside, Gants Hill Template:Rail-interchange Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times

Nearest stations

The nearest London Underground station is Gants Hill on the Central Line. Ilford railway station is a National Rail station to the south of the district.

References

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