The Ingrebourne Way Cycle Route
I am sure that in the main the recommendations will be welcomed by the friends the only issue may be on access. We spent years trying to prevent access by motor bikes. I am sure members would resist any changes that made the manor more easily accessable to illegal bikers ..... Del

Below are the key extracts concerning Dagnam Park and Harold Hill extracted from the newly published feasibility report for The Ingrebourne Way cycle route. They can be found within the full 93 page report on pages 18 to 20. The full report includes maps drawings photos and details of the whole route from Noak Hill to Rainham. You can Download the full report here.

The route starts at the northern entrance to Dagnam Park from Chequers Road, Noak Hill. Chequers Road feels busy and fast and the entrance is just adjacent to where the boundary between de-limited and 30mph is. There is a footpath on the opposite (north) side of the road. To enable local Noak Hill residents to cycle more easily to the route entrance, the existing footpath could be widened to make it shared use. This could be done by taking width from the grass verges. A zebra crossing to the park entrance would make crossing the busy road safer. The A-frame barrier at the Noak Hill entrance to the park is a suitable design and allows both horse-riders and cyclists through easily, although it is restrictive to disabled users and nonstandard cyclists (for example hand cycles, tandems and cargo bikes). However the cyclist’s entrance is significantly inhibited by overgrown vegetation and a poor surface. This is easy to fix by clearing vegetation and putting tarmac down around the A-frame.
 The path surface in Dagnam Park is loose gravel which for the most part is satisfactory in summer. However in winter there is evidence that sections of the path become very muddy and the sandy surface has been washed out leaving large cracks in the path surface. Resurfacing this section of the Dagnam Park is something that could be considered in future. This should ideally be with a bound surface such as asphalt with vegetable binders or a resin bonded surface dressing. A second issue is two barriers that present a frustrating obstacle to cyclists who are required to dismount and squeeze through a tight gap. The removal or replacement of these barriers with something more cycle friendly is recommended. Other examples of barriers that would be more suitable are chicanes that are wide enough to allow wheelchair users as well as cyclists. To enhance the urban realm along this section of route in Dagnam Park, the installation of features such as seating should be considered. This could be in the form of wooden benches, large boulders for sitting and climbing on or a form of artwork.

Whitchurch Road and Dagnam Park Drive crossings. The current central island system, which staggers the crossing of Whitchurch Road and Dagnam Park Drive between Hatters Wood to Central Park, works adequately for cyclists. It is worth noting though that these fairly quiet residential roads with relatively high footfall from pedestrians and cyclists crossings make it an ideal location to pilot the use of cycle priority crossings. This could also be considered for Petersfield Avenue, although this road tends to be busier, and St Neot’s Road.

Paines Brook Way. This is a pleasant section of route with a tarmac surface, however the existing path at around 1.5m is too narrow to comfortably accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.  The widening of this section of path to 3m is recommended.  There is good link to Amersham Road, however at the moment unnecessary “End of Route” and “Cyclists Dismount” signs prevent cyclists from using the link. These signs should be removed and the paved surface beyond the bridge resurfaced with tarmac to improve the link for all users.

  A12 dogleg. The existing alignment forces path users to perform a tight zigzag movement to get onto the shared-use footway adjacent to the A12. This also feels dangerous as the last tight 180° turn requires cyclists to go very close to the fast moving traffic on the A12 To improve this dogleg, it is recommended to raise the path from further back in Paine’s Brook to allow the path to steadily ramp up to the level of the A12, on a straight alignment following the desire-line. This would require some earthworks to build the ramp up and back. The shared footway path alongside the A12 has sufficient 3m wide tarmac surface. However, there are some sections that are becoming overgrown. Therefore it is advisable to clear  back the vegetation that is growing within 1m of  the edge of the path, as well as regularly cutting  it back however looking to the future the next step  would be to remove them altogether.