|Location Map ( geo)|
|Looking East on Essex Road from Bingley Road|
|From:||Dinant Link Road (TL375090)|
|To:||County Boundary (TL382082)|
|Distance:||0.9 miles (1.4 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C137 is an urban class III road which serves to access industrial and commercial properties in Hoddesdon. It is two-lane single carriageway throughout and has high numbers of goods and commercial movements linking Hoddesdon's industrial areas with the main road network. It also provides a through route for light vehicles across the river and over the border to Essex.
Essex Road Level Crossing
Towards the Essex border it crosses a railway line, which used a level crossing for many years. Alongside the level crossing was a s1 very low clearance (5'0") unlit tunnel underneath the railway line, constructed to allow low vehicles to bypass queues at the level crossing. The tunnel was prone to flooding and being obstructed by high vehicles becoming stuck. Sightlines through the tunnel were also poor with no clear priority marked.
The level crossing was closed and tunnel fenced off with the construction of a replacement bridge to the north. This opened at the end of 2005, and was locally important - the railway into London being near to capacity meant that the level crossing was closed for around 45-50 minutes each hour during the morning and evening peaks.
New River Bridge
At the western end of the road, as of 2020, work is underway to provide a new crossing of the New River. The existing bridge dates from the construction of the river, and is narrow compared with the sizes of goods vehicles that currently use the road to access the town's industrial areas. The new bridge will be constructed to a modern standard with better non motorised provision, with addional access improvements to the existing road network.