http://www.canveyisland.org.uk/04-history/06-hester/19.htmI visited Canvey island last night. Cycling back to Benfleet station, I noticed a Station Road. And yet my Jowett's Atlas doesn't show any railways at all on Canvey, nor does my modern rail atlas. What's the explanation?
Assuming you're referring to Bob Spink, it never occurred to me that he could be so cold. He was well-respected all over the area.I was in a meeting a couple of years ago with the (former) MP for Canvey Island, also attended by various county and district council reps.
He suggested, in all seriousness, that we should close the railway from Southend to Shoeburyness, sell the land for housing, then use the cash to build a railway into Canvey Island. The Essex CC cabinet member for transport choked on his tea.
Its network is reasonably good (see the attached map I've made, stupidly using Satellite mode and not Map mode on Google Maps :roll, but not perfect. Some of the routes are quite limited; the 3 runs on Sunday evenings only, the 16 runs only a few times a day and then only during the peaks and the 28 only runs during the peaks (although it does give the eastern end of the island a faster link to Benfleet station, which is its purpose). Of the rest, the 1 runs hourly to Chelmsford (but is not run by First), the 22 runs every 20 minutes to Basildon, and the remaining three run seven times an hour between them to Southend along different routes. However, you will also see from the map that some areas are quite far from a frequent service. For instance, the area to the west of the town centre (the area in the blue box) used to have an hourly service but now has nothing, while the Thorney Bay area has nothing west of Furtherwick Road. Not to mention the island's industrial areas have no service at all.I don't think the cost is justified to be honest. Canvey surely must have a good network of buses to/from Benfleet station (which is actually the parkway for the island). For what will essentially be self contained, dedicated option I wouldn't have thought the demand is there?
Canvey has never had a bus station and its police station is some distance away. It is very close to a former bus depot though.Does it have to be a railway station? Bus station Police station come to mind easily - sure there may be others if I tried.
On the contrary, it was where the terminus was sited.I have never known why Canvey had a Station Road, although I know of it (I may have even been down there before now). I can't imagine for one moment it would be related to its tram "network" though; perhaps it was related to some kind of water-based station?