Powered Up - Southend did not get a supply of gas until 1855, the Southend Gas Light & Coke Company having been formed in the previous year. At first, apart from the railway station, only old Southend received a supply. Messrs. Peto, Betts & Co. tried to merge the gas company with their firm, threatening in 1861 to build their own gas works to supply New Southend. Finally they gave in, laying the company's mains and taking its supply in New Southend at an agreed price.
The Train is Coming - Leigh was reached in 1855 making the trip to Southend a little easier, and less dependent on other forms of transport. In 1856, the route to Southend by train was accomplished.