Let's hope there's gain after the pain

Chris Carter THE SAYING goes if there s no pain there s no gain – well in Redbridge people are truly feeling the pain at the moment. From the major works in Ilford Lane and the town centre for the East London Transit, to the revamping of Gants Hill roundabout, it s

Chris Carter

THE SAYING goes "if there's no pain there's no gain" - well in Redbridge people are truly feeling the pain at the moment.

From the major works in Ilford Lane and the town centre for the East London Transit, to the revamping of Gants Hill roundabout, it's chaotic at the moment.

And the works have not been without their problems. In Ilford Lane workers have so far cut water mains, gas mains and now the CCTV cables.

Gants Hill seems to be a little more error free, but drivers have been warned, come the return of school term, things could get hairy.

As one Gants Hill trader admitted it's time the area had a facelift, and if it means some short-term agony, it will be worth it.

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There will be more to come when the Crossrail scheme gets under way.

Retail outlets are being canvassed for land and the modernisation of Ilford station to accommodate the bigger trains will cause major disruption.

Some don't like it but there is no stopping "progress" and most agree the borough must not stand still in the face of competition from all around us.

There is no doubt, though, that Redbridge will be a different place in years to come.

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