New River Bridge scheme moves a step closer following consultation

Published: 19 Feb 2018


Following the recent public consultation Hertfordshire County Council has agreed to progress the New River Bridge scheme in Essex Road, Hoddesdon as the first stage of a wider master plan aimed at improving traffic and transport in and around the Hoddesdon Business Park.

The existing bridge on Essex Road is the main access to the Hoddesdon Business Park which is the largest employment area in the Borough of Broxbourne. Both the road and pavement on the existing bridge are very narrow, making it difficult for large vehicles to pass.

The proposed improvement will provide a new road link to improve access to and from the Business Park for all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.

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’ve heard from a lot of people about the plans, and as a result we’ve made some changes to what we’re planning. For example, we are now planning to install pedestrian crossings as part of the scheme, and to improve the signs and road markings on the roundabout and approach roads near the bridge.”

There will be a further opportunity for local residents and businesses to comment on the project when the county council submits a planning application in the summer.

Hertfordshire County Council has been working closely with Broxbourne Borough Council and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop the project and secure the funding to improve access to this economically important business park.

The new bridge is currently scheduled to open by the end of 2020 subject to successful progression through the statutory processes.

There is more information about the scheme at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/essexroad