Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route

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Enfield Council are developing a walking and cycling route which aims to connect the neighbouring boroughs of Enfield and Broxbourne, from Enfield Town Station to Broxbourne. The project is predominantly funded by National Highways as part of the Designated Funds programme.

It is proposed that the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route (within the borders of Enfield) runs from the southern side of the M25 junction with the A10 initially along the New River and eventually on the local highway network towards Enfield Town. Broxbourne Council are also working with Highways England on a related project that extends the route into Broxbourne.

The total length for the section within Enfield is approximately 4.7km. It features the construction of a shared use path running for 2.9km adjacent to the New River, and 1.8km of cycling route using local roads. The on-road section proposals include junction improvements, new crossings, wayfinding, and revised speed limits.

The Enfield section of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route together with the northern part of the route, which is located in the Borough of Broxbourne, will create an interconnected network for users between the two boroughs. It will also expand the current network of cycle routes within Enfield and provide an opportunity for a potential future East / West connection into the A1010 North major project.

The Enfield section, consisting for the most part of an off-road path, will provide a quiet, safe, and secure route to encourage more active forms of travel. This in turn will bring the benefits of keeping children and adults healthy and fit, reduce motor traffic, and improve air quality. In addition, the proposals for the on-road section will upgrade junctions to accommodate people walking and cycling to provide safer crossings for everyone.

On this project page you can find:

  • Key project dates in the Key Dates section on the right-hand side.
  • Project updates in the News Feed below.
  • A Document Library on the right-hand side which contain key documents.
  • A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which will be periodically updated.

Enfield Council are developing a walking and cycling route which aims to connect the neighbouring boroughs of Enfield and Broxbourne, from Enfield Town Station to Broxbourne. The project is predominantly funded by National Highways as part of the Designated Funds programme.

It is proposed that the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route (within the borders of Enfield) runs from the southern side of the M25 junction with the A10 initially along the New River and eventually on the local highway network towards Enfield Town. Broxbourne Council are also working with Highways England on a related project that extends the route into Broxbourne.

The total length for the section within Enfield is approximately 4.7km. It features the construction of a shared use path running for 2.9km adjacent to the New River, and 1.8km of cycling route using local roads. The on-road section proposals include junction improvements, new crossings, wayfinding, and revised speed limits.

The Enfield section of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route together with the northern part of the route, which is located in the Borough of Broxbourne, will create an interconnected network for users between the two boroughs. It will also expand the current network of cycle routes within Enfield and provide an opportunity for a potential future East / West connection into the A1010 North major project.

The Enfield section, consisting for the most part of an off-road path, will provide a quiet, safe, and secure route to encourage more active forms of travel. This in turn will bring the benefits of keeping children and adults healthy and fit, reduce motor traffic, and improve air quality. In addition, the proposals for the on-road section will upgrade junctions to accommodate people walking and cycling to provide safer crossings for everyone.

On this project page you can find:

  • Key project dates in the Key Dates section on the right-hand side.
  • Project updates in the News Feed below.
  • A Document Library on the right-hand side which contain key documents.
  • A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which will be periodically updated.

  • Bullsmoor Lane crossing redesign - Statutory Consultation

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    In March 2023, we carried out consultation regarding the phase of the project focusing on the modifications to the on-carriageway sections of the New River Path; referred to as the New River Path crossover points. The proposal included safer crossings for people walking and cycling at multiple locations, including Bullsmoor Lane. Since then, we have revisited the design at Bullsmoor Lane due to the constructability of the original proposal. We are proposing a new design that ensures a safe crossing while also minimising impact on the existing bridge at Bullsmoor Lane.

    The new proposed interventions for Bullsmoor Lane feature:

    • New parallel zebra crossings for people walking and cycling
    • Footway and carriageway resurfacing
    • Reduced road crossing widths
    • Traffic calming features (speed tables, humps and street furniture)
    • Extended rain gardens.

    The statutory consultation being delivered is in relation to the draft traffic order for this crossover point. We have now published the draft traffic order for Bullsmoor Lane crossing, found here. The proposed designs can be found in the document library on the right side of this project page, found here. We would like to invite you to provide your comments on this traffic order through the statutory consultation process.

    Have your say

    The statutory consultation is open until midnight Sunday 2 June 2024. Any objection or representation must be made in writing, quoting the reference TG52/1557 and must state the grounds on which it is made. Objections or representations can be made in any of the following ways:

    • online via the consultation survey on this project page found here.
    • emailed to journeysandplaces@enfield.gov.uk or
    • posted to Journeys and Places team, Enfield Council, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA.

    Following the statutory consultation, a summary of the objections and representations will be produced. Enfield Council will provide a response and use the comments received to make a decision on whether or not to make the proposed changes.

  • Construction - Phase 1 Tenniswood to Cartherhatch lane

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    Construction is set to start 7th May 2024 for the off-road section of the Enfield to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Path.

    The off-road section will be split into multiple phases and consists of the construction of a shared use path running for 2.9km adjacent to the New River. We are starting works at the southern end of the project at Tenniswood Road and will continue northwards to the M25 boundary. The design drawings for the route can be found in the ‘Documents’ section on the right-hand side of this page.

    Phase 1 of the works

    There will be several phases of construction. This first phase of the off-road section, between Tenniswood Rd and Carterhatch Lane, will involve installing a new 3-metre-wide shared path for people walking and cycling. Construction is set to start in early to mid-May 2024. Phase 1 of the project will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Please note the schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

    Throughout the construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2, spanning from Tenniswood Rd to Goat Lane, the contractor will need to temporarily occupy a section of the road over Carterhatch Lane bridge using cones and barriers. To enable this, the central island will be removed, ensuring continuous two-way traffic flow.

    If you have any queries relating to the construction works, please contact our contractor Kenson Highways at PLO@KensonHighways.com.

    We have written to residents to notify them about Phase 1 and will notify them about Phase 2 of the works ahead of these commencing.

    We understand that construction works of this nature can cause some disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We and our contractor work hard to ensure that disruption is minimised where possible whilst the works are undertaken.

  • Planning Consent - Statutory Consultation (Bullsmoor Lane to M25)

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    A planning consent application, 24/01011/RE3, was submitted on 27 March 2024 for the off-carriageway work along the New River between Bullsmoor Lane and the M25.
    The planning consent documents can be accessed via the link(External link) and feedback on the proposal can be provided through the 'Comments' tab in the link provided.

  • December 2023 Update - Construction Works and Off-Carriageway Report

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    Construction works on the bridges over the New River at Goat Lane and Turkey Street have completed!

    A post implementation road safety audit will be undertaken to identify any safety concerns. These activities may result in some minor amendments being made to the construction works.

    The Journeys and Places Team would like to thank everyone for their co-operation whilst the construction has been undertaken.

    Also, the off-carriageway report was published following a decision by the Cabinet Member for Environment to proceed with the implementation of the off-carriageway part of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route. The decision was not called-in and so the decision to proceed with implementation has now been implemented.

    The decision report can be found here.

  • Advance Publication of Off-Carriageway Report

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    A report on the off-carriageway part of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route has been prepared that provides a summary of the project to date, outlines the proposals, takes into account residents’ feedback collected throughout the statutory consultation, and invites a decision on whether to proceed with its implementation. This report has now been published and a link is available here.

    This report is under consideration, with a decision anticipated shortly.

  • Construction of Goat Lane and Turkey Street

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    Construction works on the bridges over the New River at Goat Lane and Turkey Street are set to begin during the school half-term break from Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October. Residents in the area have been notified of the works by letter.

    The works on Goat Lane will involve constructing build-outs on both sides of the footway to create a single-file carriageway with vehicles giving way to each other over the bridge.

    The works on Turkey Street will involve removing existing concrete blocks and replacing them with bollards to improve access for people walking and cycling. We will also be laying a new surface to improve the appearance of the bridge.

    To enable our contractor to carry out these works in a safe and timely manner, we will be closing Goat Lane/Hoe Lane either side of the bridge and the pedestrian bridge at Turkey Street during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

  • Planning Consent Application Approved

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    On Tuesday 19 September 2023, the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route scheme was presented to the Planning Committee, following a previous deferral at a Planning Committee Briefing in April 2023.

    The planning consent was to assess the section of the route along the New River between Tenniswood Road and Bullsmoor Lane. This will provide a key link between Enfield Town and Broxbourne, complete the green chain missing link, contribute towards a long term increase in the levels of active travel by expanding the borough wide network and enable the community to make greater use of the New River.

    Since the previous deferral the design was updated to include additional screening planting and to remove a bench seat proposed along the New River between Tenniswood Road and Carterhatch Lane.

    The Planning Committee voted to approve the application at the committee meeting on 19 September 2023.

    The key next steps for the project are confirming additional funding for the project, submitting a minor planning application for the New River route between Bullsmoor Lane and the M25 junction, procuring a contractor and commencing construction in approximately Spring 2024.

    We will provide further updates as we progress through these key next steps.

  • In-person consultation event

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    A community drop-in session regarding the Enfield Town to Broxbourne Walking and Cycling Route project, specifically relating to the section of path between Tenniswood Road and Carterhatch Lane, is being held on Tuesday 12 September 2023. The purpose of the drop-in session is to share visualisations that have been prepared of screening planting between Tenniswood Road and Carterhatch Lane following concerns of privacy impacts. These are located in the key documents folder. This is also an opportunity for the project team to answer questions regarding the scheme. The project is being delivered by Enfield Council’s Journeys and Places team.

    Letters were delivered to residents in the immediate vicinity of the Tenniswood Road to Carterhatch Lane section of the New River last week informing of this event.

    The drop-in session will be held on Tuesday 12 September 2023 on the grassed area, on the corner of Carterhatch Lane and Melling Drive, Enfield EN1 4TU. Please drop in at any time between 5.30pm and 8pm to speak with us.

    We hope to see you there.

  • Decision to implement changes to Tenniswood Road / Willow Road, Carterhatch Lane, Goat Lane and Bullsmoor Lane

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    Thank you to all those who took part in the statutory consultation. Following careful consideration of the responses to statutory consultation for changes to the Tenniswood Road / Willow junction (advertised in TG 1513) and Carterhatch Lane, Goat Lane, Hoe Lane and Bullmsoor Lane (advertised in TG 1517), a decision has been made to progress with implementation.

    The proposed changes have been made to deliver a key active travel link, contribute towards a long-term increase in the levels of active travel and improve junctions and crossings to enable more people to walk and cycle safely.

    TG1317

    A document containing the response to objections has been published on the project page and can be viewed here.

    The Notice of Making, Statement of Reasons and the Traffic Management Order can be viewed here.

    TG1517

    A document containing the response to objections has been published on the project page and can be viewed here.

    The Notice of Making, Statement of Reasons and the Traffic Management Order can be viewed here.

  • July 2023 Update Construction Works

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    Our main contractor has now completed the works at the Tenniswood Road / Willow Road junction.

    Top soiling of the raingardens is expected in the next week, which will then enable the temporary barriers to be removed around the site.

    Planting of the raingardens and street lighting upgrades should commence in the week commencing 10 July. We anticipate these works to be completed in mid / late July.

    A site walkover with the contractor and Enfield Council will then be undertaken to identify any defects and a post implementation road safety audit will also be undertaken. These activities may result in some minor amendments being made to the construction works.

    The Journeys and Places Team would like to thank everyone for their co-operation whilst the construction has been undertaken.

Page last updated: 07 Jun 2024, 02:33 PM