|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Roydon Hamlet (TL422076)|
|To:||Katherines, Harlow (TL432081)|
|Distance:||0.7 miles (1.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1133 is a short link road on the edge of Harlow. The road existed prior to the construction of the New Town but was unclassified.
The road starts in a rural situation at a roundabout on the B181. It heads northeastwards along Water Lane and soon becomes better engineered as it reaches the edge of the New Town. The road has obviously been upgraded but still follows more-or-less the original line of Water Lane.
After crossing a large roundabout giving access to housing estates the road follows a typical New Town distributor past a sports field. The verge on the right is suspiciously wide. Soon a further roundabout is reached on the A1169, where the B1133 ends.
Before Harlow was built the unclassified Water Lane continued ahead along a road now destroyed into Great Parndon, where it joined up with Three Horseshoes Road.
Interestingly, the 1978 landranger of the area shows the B1133 from starting at its present eastern terminal roundabout at Katherines, and following the course of the now A1169 east, to meet the A11 at Potter Street. This is supported by the DfT Card Index from c2002, which while very out of date, lists the B1133 as 'Southern Way (part) Harlow.', which is presumably the original allocation, which was never updated. This situation had changed by 1982, with the completion of the Third Way and Katherines Avenue and the B1133 and B1048 being subsumed into a longer A1169.