Public information events on New River Bridge

Published: 12 Nov 2019

Local residents and businesses are invited to two public information events about the New River Bridge scheme in Essex Road, Hoddesdon, where they can meet the contractors, learn about the construction plans and discuss any concerns they may have.

The events will be held on:
• Friday 29 November, from 10am to 6pm, at the Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre on Pindar Road
• Saturday 30 November, from 10am to 4pm, at Hoddesdon Baptist Church in Burford Street

They will give local residents and businesses who may be affected by the works an opportunity to meet the project team and site engineers who will be working on the construction of the new bridge. Representatives from Hertfordshire County Council and their contractors, Osborne, will be present to answer any questions about the works and how they may affect the local community.

The new bridge will be built alongside the existing bridge on Essex Road to provide a new modern and resilient road link to improve access to and from Hoddesdon Business Park for all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The current bridge will remain open while construction work takes place.

The bridge is the only HGV access to the Business Park. This 118 hectare site is one of the largest employment areas in Hertfordshire and is home to major employers, including Sainsbury’s, and houses the Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre. The existing bridge is 60 years old and not built to modern standards. Both the road and pavement are very narrow, making it difficult for large vehicles to pass. This means that the bridge acts as a bottleneck, and any incident that requires repairs to the bridge will have a major impact on the business park.

Patsy Dell, Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, Infrastructure and Economy at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This new bridge is the sort of important infrastructure that we need to be investing in to support our local economy. Local jobs are crucial to achieving sustainable growth and the bridge will make it much easier for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to get to and from the Hoddesdon Business Park, making it a much more attractive place for business.

“These events are an opportunity for local residents and businesses to meet the team who will be working on the new bridge to discuss what will be happening when and to let us know about any concerns they have.”

Jon Millar, Osborne Programme Manager said: “We are looking forward to engaging with members of the business community and local residents, so that we can address their concerns in person and establish a good working relationship within the area.”
Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “The New River Bridge scheme, supported by an £8.9m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire LEP, will significantly boost connectivity into and around Broxbourne’s largest employment area to benefit existing businesses, attract new businesses, and unlock the area’s growth potential. We encourage local businesses and residents to learn more and share their views at the upcoming events.”

The scheme, developed by Hertfordshire County Council in conjunction with Broxbourne Borough Council, is supported by an £8.9m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), £1.47m from Hertfordshire County Council, and £400,000 of S106 funding from Broxbourne Borough Council.

Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to start in early 2020. It is expected to be finished and open in spring 2021.