Harlow and Gilston boss welcomes new walking and cycling routes

Lifestyle / Tue 23rd May 2023 at 04:43pm

HGGT Director, Naisha Polaine, and Cllr Michael Hardware have reacted to last week’s news that two new walking and cycling routes are coming to Harlow as part of the Garden Town development.

Featuring in Essex County Council’s £5m Active Travel Fund award from Government, the two routes are part of HGGT’s wider Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

The funding will finance the construction of a dedicated route for cyclists, pedestrians, and other non-car users from Elizabeth Way to Fifth Avenue.

And it will also be used to design a walking and cycling path connecting Post Office Road to Sheering Road.

“It’s more great news for the local area and people can see how passionate we are that the Garden Town brings benefits for Harlow that improve travel options locally,” said Naisha. 

“We showcased some proposed routes online in 2021 and people were really engaged, they want good infrastructure, and they want to use it regularly.

“Our aim has always been to update Sir Frederick Gibberd’s New Town legacy and these routes will not only go towards improving Harlow’s existing cycling and walking network but ensure they can be used by this generation and those that follow in the decades to come.”

The news follows the recent announcements of Harlow’s Bus Station being redeveloped as a Travel Hub and Interchange and a new public travel route between Burnt Mill Roundabout and the town centre, that will eventually be extended to the seven Garden Town villages in Gilston.

Councillor Michael Hardware, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for Regeneration and Strategic Growth, commented: “The last 12 months have been huge for Harlow with Government recognising the good things that are planned for the local area with millions in investment.

“From the Arts and Cultural Quarter to new travel routes that promote healthy living, we are building foundations for a great quality of life in Harlow.”

Residents can find out more about future travel in Harlow & Gilston Garden Town by visiting https://hggt.co.uk/journey

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16 Comments for Harlow and Gilston boss welcomes new walking and cycling routes:

Bruce Downey
2023-05-23 17:46:55

Get On Your Bike! 🚲

2023-05-23 19:02:09

What a waste of money - fix the roads

Colin Graham
2023-05-23 19:10:24


Michael Hardware
2023-05-23 19:17:18

Colin, perhaps you would like to contribute to the consultation on the future of the north side of the town centre, which was launched last week. Or the recent consultation on the future of Staple Tye, or the consultation on the future of High Wych, or the previous consultation on the town centre master plan. We do ask people, I am always asking people for their views.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-23 19:30:39

Colin Graham, spot on. The only people that are happy with it, are them. Most people sew destruction in abundance. And to say your up dating sir Frederick Gibberd plan, is a lie, a lie, sir Frederick built Harlow with green spaces in mind, that's not what your doing, what your doing is destruction at its best... As a life long cyclists I wouldn't use theses new cycle lanes, that lead to where, the town and the 7 new housing estate, (not villages) housing estates, why, no , I want to cycle in the peace and quite of our river stort valley. But sadly all this will be taken from Harlow residents, by you lot, because money comes before residents, and our environment. 6,000 signatures against theses monstrosity s, 1,000 from Aliance party, protests, and consultation s, meeting s.... you did not want to hear us. So don't bother telling us what your doing, because we all know your do it any way.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-23 19:32:42

Mr Hardware, you may have theses consultation s. But you don't want to hear us. You do what you want to do, despite public opions.

2023-05-23 20:15:51

Colin Graham spot on, but it'll never happen because they don't care what we want or think it depends on who stuffs the most cash into the envelopes that change hands under the table!!!

Bruce Downey
2023-05-23 20:27:26

Kim, lol- Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.🚲

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-23 20:39:07

Bruce Downey, I think I would know, being a cyclists.

Bruce Downey
2023-05-23 20:43:34

Was 🤥 a long time ago KO

2023-05-23 20:43:50

Michael the fate of High Wych has already been signed and sealed. Plus: perhaps you might publish the links to the consultation and ask open questions on a public forum about what residents want and think. Most consultations are biased and constrained to get the answers developers and a party policy dictates.

2023-05-23 21:38:34

The hggt Harlow network routed as published are basically flawed. They don't provide any connectivity to link the different areas of the town that's needed ie radial routes supplemented by concentric circuits like the wires on a dartboard. There's no plan for secure parking nor to set up routes that don't force cyclists on to roads an no measures like park and ride around the perimeter of the town to radically reduce the commuter traffic load. The Council need to look at the Dutch Cycling Embassy approach. Two new routes are simply cheap greenwashing.

2023-05-24 07:28:48

Consultation? What consultation, hidden away again.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-24 09:02:04

Bruce Downey, I suggest you look at the plans. Or don't you believe them either, there all there for you to see.

Ann Best
2023-05-24 12:39:28

I think it’s an absolute disgrace that these houses are going to be built on green Belt countryside. Nobody is putting enough infrastructure in place to cope with the extra residents and traffic. I live in Eastwick and to pull out onto the A414 you are taking your life in your hands, the traffic travels too fast along the 414 there is a near miss nearly every day. The Hospital is over subscribed and cannot cope, the doctors are oversubscribed and the roads are too busy and jammed into Harlow regularly. What silly person gave this the green light.

Tom Mateo
2023-05-25 16:20:55

Michael Hardware I have some advice for your town centre committee could you please get rid of the crack dealer's they are ruining the town and making it a no go area.

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