New road transport infrastructure, environmental improvements and a high frequency rail service to Meridian Water Station will be delivered by 2023 after Enfield Council successfully bid for £156 million of government cash.
Enfield is the first London borough to be awarded funding from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.
The centrepiece of the new infrastructure will be the construction of an east-west boulevard transporting pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from the Meridian Water Station through the middle of the site into the Lee Valley Park and beyond. The balance of the money will be spent on environmental benefits for residents including the creation of two new parks, cycle lanes, naturalised brooks, and additional bridge connections.
Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said:
“Enfield Council has invested more than £250million of its own money to drive this project forward. Meridian Water is now not only back on track but is gathering pace with delivery being accelerated, a new Meridian Water station open and massive infrastructure improvements on the way.
“Meridian Water already benefits from a fantastic waterside and parkland setting. This funding will allow us to forge ahead with providing improved infrastructure, including a more frequent train service.
“The success of the bid reflects the fact that the Government recognises the huge potential of Meridian Water. The HIF bid is great example of a proactive council working in partnership with public sector stakeholders including the Mayor of London /GLA to deliver such a massive scheme and securing the infrastructure money that unlocks it’s potential.”
Plans for Meridian Water have been developed in partnership with ARUP, KCA, Periscope and LSH.
Enfield Council has submitted a planning application for part of the infrastructure works including the central spine road, parks, bridges, cycle lanes, flood works & remediation.
On the back of this funding announcement Enfield Council will be starting the process to appoint a major contractor to deliver £135 million of major infrastructure works at Meridian Water.
Galliford Try have been selected to deliver phase 1 of Meridian Water – 725-1,000 new homes. They are expected to make a start of site this year with the first completions due 2021/22.