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Hertfordshire County Council

New River bridge (Essex Road, Hoddesdon)

We are progressing plans to build a new access road to replace the existing Essex Road (between A1170 Dinant roundabout and Geddings Road).

The proposed scheme will improve access and make it safer for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians coming in and out of Hoddesdon Business Park.



Pre-planning consultation

The pre-planning consultation for this scheme is running between 15 November – 18 December 2017.

Come along to a public consultation exhibition where you can find out more and ask us any questions. They'll be held on:

Have your say on the New Bridge consultation


Essex Road is the main route in and out of Hoddesdon Business Park. The business park is an important income generator in Hertfordshire. However, it's restricted by a narrow road bridge (6 metres wide) over the New River.

  • The bridge is 60 years old and not up to modern standards.
  • The road over the bridge is narrow, such that it is difficult for two HGV’s to pass.
  • The footway on the bridge is very narrow and there is no cyclist access.
  • The section of Essex Road is the only access suitable for HGV’s. A vehicle breakdown on the bridge would cut the area off for hours; an accident which damages the bridge could close the road for days or weeks.


Scheme objectives

  • Improve transport access to Essex Road so it can better cope with collisions, breakdowns and maintenance.
  • Widen the road to allow HGV's to pass each other safely.
  • Increase safety for all road users.
  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist access.


Find out more about the scheme (PDF)

See a map of the scheme (PDF)


Timeline and steps to complete the project

If we get planning permission, construction is set to start in spring 2019 and be completed by summer 2020.

Step 1: Seeking funding (Spring 2017)

Funding has been allocated for the project by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has allocated £6.5m from its Local Growth Fund for the delivery of the project due to the importance of the Hoddesdon Business Park to the local economy. We're contributing to the project from existing funds held from other developments in the area.

Step 2: Pre-planning consultation (we're currently here)

The pre-planning consultation for this scheme will be 15 November – 15 December 2017.

Have your say on the Essex Road improvements

Step 3: Developing the scheme

  • Scheme design and Environmental Impact Assessment update (winter 2017).
  • Draft legal orders and Planning submission (spring 2018).

Step 4: Getting permission

  • Planning Authority Statutory consultation (Spring 2018). This will be your next chance to comment.
  • Achieve planning permission (if successfully granted) and make legal orders (mid 2018).

Step 5: Construction

  • Appoint a contractor (2019).
  • Construction begins (spring 2019).
  • Works completed by summer 2020.

The above timings are subject to successful completion of statutory procedures, positive economic appraisal and continued availability of funding.

Email if you have any questions about this project.