From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|From:||Waltham Cross (TL360008)|
|Length:||2.7 miles (4.3 km)|
|Meets:||A121, B198, B156, A10, A1170|
|Old route now:||B156|
|Route outline (key)|
The B176 runs through the Hertfordshire town of Cheshunt.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A121 at the northern end of the Waltham Cross bypass and heads north along the High Street, which has a service road to its left. This disappears just before a double mini-roundabout, after which we go under the Southbury Loop Line by Theobalds Grove station. There's another mini-roundabout on the far side.
We continue north along Crossbrook Street, which is more residential than before, and merge seamlessly into Cheshunt. A mini-roundabout provides access to the cottage hospital, after which we run through a shopping area to a full roundabout at the The Old Pond, where we meet the B198 which heads west to the A10. We continue north along the fairly flat Turner's Hill then bear left into the High Street. This is residential to begin with, then becomes lined with shops after we cross more mini-roundabouts. The road continues on northeastwards back out into the suburbs, the road name becoming Cheshunt Wash.
We cross a roundabout from where the B156 heads west; this provides access to the southbound A10. The B176 continues north along High Road Turnford. A stream runs immediately to the left, giving the impression of this being a relief road; it is not, as the houses on the right show. It's not long before we reach a roundabout by Hertford Regional College. We turn left here and end immediately afterwards at the New River Arms Roundabout on the A1170. The road to the left crosses the B156 to reach the southbound A10; all other movements are served by the road ahead, a spur of the A10.
The B176 follows the original line of the A10. After World War II that road was given its present route and the old road renumbered A1010, then this section of the road was downgraded to become the B176 to dissuade traffic from going through Cheshunt.
The B176 number was chosen as it already existed in the area. By the mid-1920s the B176 was created as a short link road between the B156 near Churchgate and A10 in Cheshunt, running mostly along Church Lane. When the A1010 was downgraded this gave the B176 a T-shape and then the original section of the road was declassified, except for its western end which is part of a rerouted B156, giving the road its current route.