New River cycling route proposed

Three-mile route would link Enfield Town to the borough border with Broxbourne, reports James Cracknell

Parts of the New River Path in the north of the borough, like this section between Hoe Lane and Turkey Street, are set to be upgrade for use by cyclists
Parts of the New River Path in the north of the borough, like this section between Hoe Lane and Turkey Street, are set to be upgraded for use by cyclists

The New River Path looks set to get a major upgrade as part of a new walking and cycling route being created between Enfield Town and the borough border with Broxbourne.

Enfield Council is proposing to create the three-mile route by making parts of the existing New River Path in the north of the borough suitable for cyclists, while also installing new pathways along additional stretches of the waterway that are not currently accessible to the public. It would end at the bridge over the M25.

In Enfield Town itself, the route would begin at St Andrew’s Road before continuing up Churchbury Lane and Tenniswood Road before joining the New River just south of Carterhatch Lane. Interventions along this section would include a “Dutch-style roundabout” at the junction with Willow Road, plus rain gardens, raised tables and zebra crossings. Some residential parking spaces would need to be removed to make space for these interventions.

The cost of the scheme is estimated at £4million, with some of the funding coming from Highways England. It would be created in stages; the Enfield Town section, before the route reaches the New River, would begin installation as early as March 2022, with the full route aiming for completion by 2025.

A drop-in session (on Saturday 11th) and webinar (on Tuesday 14th) are being held in December to promote the plans ahead of a statutory public consultation in January.

A map of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne cycle route
A map of the Enfield Town to Broxbourne cycle route

In a letter to residents living along the proposed route, Fatima Rana, the council’s healthy streets project manager, said: “This project is part of the council’s work to develop an active travel network and enable a growing increase in the numbers of journeys that are walked and cycled across the borough.”

For more information about the Enfield Town to Broxbourne cycle route:
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letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/enfieldtowntobroxbourne