Have your say on the New River Bridge improvement scheme

Published: 07 Nov 2017

Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear your views as they prepare plans for the New River Bridge scheme in Essex Road, Hoddesdon.

The pre-planning public consultation opens on 15 November and closes on 18 December.

The existing bridge on Essex Road goes over the New River and is the main access to the Hoddesdon Business Park. Both the road and pavement on the bridge are very narrow, making it difficult for large vehicles to pass.

The improvement plans include a new road link wide enough to allow HGV’s to pass each other safely, improving access to the Business Park for all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. The new road will replace the existing Essex Road (between A1170 Dinant Link Road roundabout and Geddings Road). The old road will be retained for use in emergencies or when the new bridge is closed for maintenance.

Ralph Sangster, Cabinet Member for Highways said: “Essex Road is a vital and well used route into the Business Park. However, the bridge is 60 years old, it’s not up to modern standards and there are serious concerns that need to be addressed.

“We really want to get the views of local people and this will help shape our planning application. We will be holding two exhibitions which will be a good opportunity to get more information on the scheme, view our plans and give us your feedback.”

The public exhibition will be held at the Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre, Pindar Road, EN11 0DB on Wednesday 15 November 12pm – 8pm and the Hoddesdon Baptist Church, Burford Street, EN11 8HX on Saturday 18 November 12.30pm – 5.30 pm.

We would like you to visit the exhibition and see the plans. But if you are not able to attend you can also see all of the exhibition material online and complete the survey by visiting:


The consultation will be available online from 15 November until 18 December.

You can contact the project team by email on essexroad@hertfordshire.gov.uk