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New Section of Towpath Opened after improvements

Published Friday, 20 January 2012

Yesterday saw a section of the River Lea towpath reopened after Enfield Council, Transport for London (TfL) and British Waterways teamed up on the project. It provides a significant walking and cycling link between the main London 2012 Olympic site and the Olympic Canoeing venue in Broxbourne.

The scheme is part of the Mayor’s Great Outdoor’s programme and has been jointly funded by three project partners to provide a valuable link for the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as providing a lasting legacy to help support the regeneration of the Meridian Water area.   

Previously the section of the route alongside the Harbet Road Industrial Estate, was in a poor condition and was considered by many to be unsafe.  These works have improved access and safety, as well as providing a level, continuous, high quality link connecting to the rest of the route in the borough, which also forms part of the National Cycle Network. 

As the towpath and road are owned by British Waterways, and Arriva bus garage is situated on the road both partners joined together with Enfield Council and TfL to help improve the space.

Cllr Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration for Enfield Council said “This towpath is significant as it sits within the Meridian Water area, which is a major site of regeneration for the Council, and it is good to see this particular facility, which had fallen into disrepair has now been returned to use."

Cllr Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment said “This project is a good example of Enfield Council and TfL working in partnership to help deliver a key project, addressing issues such as scheme design, drainage and traffic management during construction.

“By improving our local public amenities it will encourage more people to walk within the borough and enjoy our open spaces.”

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Planning at TfL, said: “This is welcome news. A revamped River Lee towpath will create a safe, green and healthy highway for tourists and Londoners to cycle to both the main London 2012 Olympic Park and the Olympic Canoe site in Broxbourne. This project is an example of how TfL is working with London boroughs to improve public spaces and make it easier for people to get about the Capital quickly, safely and conveniently.”

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