Preparatory work has begun on the New River Bridge scheme set to provide an improved, modern gateway into Hoddesdon Business Park – the largest employment area in the Borough of Broxbourne.

As part of the scheme, a new bridge and modern road link will be built alongside the existing 60 year old bridge on Essex Road, Hoddesdon (pictured above), to better accommodate vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. A wider new road and pavement will improve access for HGVs, reduce bottlenecks and help minimise disruption to the business park in the event of repairs. 

The new bridge will serve six employment campuses that together make up the 118 hectare Hoddesdon Business Park – one of the largest in Hertfordshire, housing major employers including Sainsbury’s – while also improving access to the strategic highway network.

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Work will begin in October to clear vegetation, divert cables and undertake site investigations and ecological works in preparation for the construction of the bridge. Construction will begin in early 2020 and the existing bridge will remain open while the work takes place.

The scheme 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.

The Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister for Local Growth, said: “We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and levelling up our regions as we prepare to leave the EU on 31 October.

“Thanks to £8.9m investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, communities in Broxbourne will benefit from vital upgrades in infrastructure which will not only unlock the economic potential of the area, but also improve accessibility via a newly constructed bridge and wider roads – greatly enhancing the travel experience for road users and improving connectivity throughout Hertfordshire.”

Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “Our £8.9m investment toward the New River Bridge scheme will significantly boost connectivity into and around Broxbourne’s largest employment area and is critical to maintaining its economic vitality.

“The new bridge and link road will fully connect Hoddesdon Business Park with the strategic highway network to benefit existing businesses, attract new businesses, and unlock the area’s growth potential.”

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, 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.

“With around 100,000 new homes expected in Hertfordshire by 2031, we need to create 100,000 new jobs, so it’s vital that we invest in key schemes to improve the road network to unlock economic potential and keep our economy thriving as the population grows.”

Cllr Lewis Cocking, Leader of Broxbourne Council, said: “As one of the largest employment areas in Hertfordshire and one of the most important in the Borough, it is essential that businesses here have every opportunity to thrive and grow.

“Improvements to the transport links in and out of the Industrial Estate will not only improve vehicle access, but will also provide a safe footway and cycleway creating sustainable alternative ways to travel”.

Two public events are planned for November to allow local businesses and residents to meet the contractors, learn about the construction plans and discuss any concerns.

For more information on the scheme, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/newriverbridge.