|From:||Orsett Heath (TQ626810)|
|To:||Tilbury Docks (TQ643751)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||A13, A126, Docks|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1089 is a short but busy route connecting the docks and port of Tilbury to the outside world. By road that is!
It starts at the Baker Street Interchange with the A13 near Orsett and heads south under the A1013 to pass between Grays and Chadwell St Mary, also passing under the B149 to reach a GSJ with the A126. Two miles in, the dual carriageway crashes into a roundabout outside Tilbury Asda, with two unclassified roads joining. The one to the west leads to the Asda and a small industrial/retail park, while to the east the road leads into Tilbury itself. Some maps show this as a continuation of the A126 - and indeed that is the road's original number.
Continuing south, the road remains dualled as far as the entrance to Tilbury Port. Here the right-hand lane is clogged with lorries queueing to turn right, while the left hand lane is blissfully empty. There is just over a mile to go now, with the first roundabout providing back entrances into the port complex, and the second is the end of the route. To the right is a rather forbidding gated entrance to London International Cruise Terminal, and left is a quiet little road which passes the Worlds End pub and Tilbury Fort to wind back into Tilbury itself.