Angel Walk connects Meridian Water with Angel Edmonton and Edmonton Green, reports James Cracknell
Enfield Council has finished work on a new walking and cycling route – using land that was once a railway line.
Angel Walk is a fully-lit path that now completes a long-promised green route connecting Meridian Water with Edmonton Green. It uses the old track bed of a branch railway that closed in 1964 and had since become overgrown and neglected, often dogged by fly-tipping.
The council was granted £720,000 from Transport for London in 2019 to fund the project, which links – via a new zebra crossing on Montagu Road – to the Cemetery Walk pedestrian and cycle path that runs all the way to Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.
At the southern end, Angel Walk links to the Angel Gardens play area opened in 2015, as well as to a segregated cycle path that runs alongside Conduit Lane and later connects to Meridian Water Station.
The 350-metre route includes lighting across its entire length along with an avenue of trees and shrub planting. Wildflower meadow planting will help to promote wildlife and complement an existing small watercourse.
Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “This project transforms a derelict piece of land into a wonderful new community space. In addition to this, the project provides a key active travel link between Meridian Water and Edmonton Green, with the route continuing via Salmons Brook enabling a safe walking and cycling connection all the way through to Enfield Town.
“The project has seen a huge amount of planting and includes places for people to sit, rest and enjoy the space. Angel Walk is part of the continued development of a borough-wide active travel network and public realm investment programme.
“By enabling more people to walk and cycle, we will help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and contribute towards achieving the targets of the Enfield Climate Action Plan.”