Works to repair and restore a bridge over the Grand Union Canal along the Ebury Way have finished and the popular cycle route is open once again.
Councillor Rabi Martins, Development Management Committee Chair at Watford Borough Council, said: “This is the main leisure thoroughfare between Watford and Three Rivers. Our two councils have worked together on this restoration project. It is a well used walkway that is much loved by walkers, families and cyclists. We hope as a result of these improvements their experience will be all the more pleasurable.”
The temporary detour across Croxley Common Moor may have been picturesque but cyclists and pedestrians who use the 3.5 mile Ebury Way have welcomed the reopening of a bridge that had been closed for renovation. The work on the bridge, which straddles the Grand Union Canal about 1km from Batchworth Lock, was undertaken jointly by Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council.
Cllr Martin Trevett, Lead Member for Housing, Planning and Strategic Schemes at Three Rivers District Council, said: “I hope the bridge reopening will encourage more people to use this lovely tree-lined route between Watford and Rickmansworth. This traffic-free path is linked up to the national cycle network which encompasses Windsor, London, the Lake District and many other interesting places. Hertfordshire’s Year of Cycling is the perfect time to try this, and other beautiful cycling routes, around the county.”
The Ebury Way was created along an old railway line. The pathway is accessible for wheelchair users, cyclists and pedestrians.