Bridge over the A1

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The roads and land around and over the bridge over the A1 which brings the Southbound A1 traffic in and out of Borehamwood, the first junction north of Stirling Corner belong to a combination of 4 authorities including TfL and as a result no-one is taking any responsibility  for the maintenance and repair of the bridge. The footpath has almost disappeared and pedestrians are forced to walk in the road and is being increasingly used by children and adults to access the golf range and youngsters walking to the London Maccabi training ground. The protective fence along the edge of the bridge over the road itself is in disrepair and dangerous. Will you take action to ensure the bridge and path are urgently and properly maintained?

Written response from the Mayor

As you correctly advise, the maintenance arrangements at this particular location are complex with the Highways Agency, Hertsmere Borough Council, London Borough of Barnet and TfL all having elements of responsibility.

The bridge and bridge parapets are TfL's responsibility and have been inspected following your question and TfL confirm that these are safe and in good condition.

The footpath leading from the residential area east of the A1 (off Paddock lane) to the footbridge is solely the responsibility of Hertsmere Borough Council. There is no designated footpath from the footbridge to the golf centre, and this is not a pedestrian movement I would encourage as this is a slip road for a motorway junction. TfL will arrange a meeting with the adjoining highway authorities to confirm maintenance responsibilities in the area and identify how pedestrian provision can be improved.

Further to your response to Q2014/2967 above, could you provide an update on this matter?


Answer for Bridge over the A1

Answer for Bridge over the A1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL confirms adequate maintenance regimes are in place for the sections which fall under its responsibility. Access changes to the golf club are the responsibility of Hertsmere Borough Council.

I am aware that a meeting was arranged for 16 October between the Highways Agency, Hertsmere Borough Council, the London Borough of Barnet and TfL to identify how pedestrian provisions may be improved in the area. I have asked TfL to provide you with an update on this meeting.