|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Orsett Road, Grays (TQ615781)|
|To:||Grays Beach (TQ617772)|
|Via:||Derby Road, Sherfield Road|
|Distance:||0.5 miles (0.8 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B189 is a short road in Grays, connecting the centre of town to the beach.
The road starts as two one-way roads to the east of the town centre. Traffic leaving the A126 starts at traffic lights at Stanley Road and heads west along Clarence Road. One block west the road splits. The mainline of the B189 turns left whilst the road to the right is one-way back to traffic lights on the A126 Orsett Road.
Continuing south, the road crosses a bus-only road that is mapped as part of the A126 and then the LTS line via the Derby Road Bridge. A roundabout is then reached, where the B189 continues straight on along Thames Road. That road ends without warning at the entrance to a café and the crazy golf course; so does the B189. Any traffic would already have turned off into the car park.
The current route of the B189 is parallel to the 1922 route - but does not meet it at all.
Originally, the B189 started on the A126 at the western end of Clarence Road and headed south along the High Street, finishing on Argent Street by the Town Wharf. When the High Street was pedestrianised the B189 was moved to the parallel Derby Road and part of Argent Street was also upgraded so that the B189 finished in the same place. Moving the southern end of the B189 to Thames Street took place in the 1990s.