|To:||Marden Ash (TL551022)|
|Distance:||14.4 miles (23.2 km)|
|Meets:||A106, A114, A12, A1199, A406, A1400, A1009, A123, A1168, A1112, A128|
|Old route now:||A128|
|Route outline (key)|
The A113 is a semi-rural A-road on the London side of Essex.
Section 1:Leytonstone - Chigwell
The A113 originally branched from the old A11 (now duplicated A1199) just north of Leytonstone Green Man roundabout as the 'New Wanstead'. But in 1999, with the opening of the A12 extension from Leytonstone to Hackney Wick and the removal of the A11 here it received the rather short, but D2, section from the junction to the roundabout. New Wanstead heads north-east and then meets the former A1008, now unclassified, Snaresbrook and Wanstead High Streets.
As Hermon Hill, the A113 continues through the leafy suburbs of South Woodford, becoming Chigwell Road south of Charlie Brown's roundabout, the junction with the westbound A406 North Circular and the A1400 to Gants Hill, but with no direct access to the A406 eastbound or M11 which passes overhead. North of the roundabout, Chigwell Road continues northwards to the left of the M11 alignment, and shortly after the T-junction with the A1009 Broadmead Road (to Woodford proper) goes over the River Roding and under the motorway as another brief D2 stretch. The Roding Bridge probably gives its name to the area: Woodford Bridge. At a roundabout to the east of the M11, the B173 Manor Road continues eastward towards Chigwell Row, while Chigwell Road diverges left to head north-east. It quickly reaches the Greater London border with Essex (though being a built up area, its easy to forget).
Chigwell - Chipping Ongar
The A113 is now Chigwell High Road, passing Chigwell Golf Course, and meeting the A123 (the road to Barkingside and Ilford) near the Central Line underground station (though the railway's actually above ground here). However, this station is only open till midnight daily. Once past Chigwell, the landscape rapidly becomes rural, though the road is still called a 'High Road'. Some distance to the north, there's the junction with the A1168 (Rolls Park), which heads northwest towards Loughton, and has that oddly asymmetric junction with the M11 (J5) which only allows access back into London. The A113 continues north-eastwards as Abridge Road past another golf course, and meets the A1112 heading south towards Chigwell Row at a roundabout.
On the other side of this junction, the A113 is now styled London Road, and reaches Abridge on the River Roding, the first built up area since Chigwell. Ongar Road then takes up the A113 baton on its eastward-ish course towards the M25, which roughly follows that of the river, just to the north. It becomes another brief dual stretch just west of the roundabout with the B175 (which heads south towards Havering), and then turns left to head north as another London Road over the Roding for a second time, and then under the M25 at Passingford Bridge. London Road continues north-eastward through the Essex countryside, the only major settlement being Little End, after which it becomes Romford Road, until at Marden Ash just south of Ongar, its final destination, it meets the A128 Brentwood Road from the east at a mini-roundabout. The A128 continues north to meet the A414 in Chipping Ongar proper but this section of road was numbered A113 until at least the 1970s.