Travel to and from London

June 17th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Travel to and from London

One of the many reasons people move to Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford is that it is so easy to travel to and from central London. Chigwell and Grange Hill stations are both on the Central line (zone 4) providing a speedy service into central London and Buckhurst Hill, Woodford, Loughton and Hainault stations also offer quick connections and short journey times to the city. 

The area is also well served by London bus routes. If you are interested in the history of Chigwell and wonder what on earth that might have to do with buses to and from the area you need to know about Geoge Shillibeer. George was the inventor of the London Omnibus and is remembered in the lovely Norman St Marys church in Loughton.

The Shillibeer Omnibus marked the beginning of London's bus history. On 4th July 1829, George Shillibeer started the first omnibus service between Paddington and the Bank. The omnibus was pulled by three horses and could carry 22 people all the way from Marylebone Road to the city in 1829.  It was a green and yellow wooden close carriage horse bus. All passengers travelled inside the vehicle with access made easy by a wide door with low steps.

A reconstruction of the Shillibeer horse bus which was inspired by the omnibus services in Paris can be found in London the Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza (south-east corner), London, WC2E 7BB. It was built by apprentices at London General Omnibus Company's Chiswick Works. It went on display at the Museum in Covent Garden in 1980.

It is important to remember that Loughton, Woodford and Chigwell also offer a number of options for drivers. They are all close to the M11 and M25, as well as the A12 and A406 North Circular And Stansted Airport is just a 40-minute drive via the M11.