Plans for a by-pass and improvements to east/west travel across the county will be the focus of a public consultation opening in December.
With over 50,000 new homes expected in the corridor countywide, and a similar number of jobs, the County Council are proposing a number of measures to improve east/west travel and to ease congestion on the A414, particularly in Hertford, where problems are especially acute at the Bluecoates roundabout.
Proposals include a bypass south of the town and a frequent Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT) linking Harlow with Hemel Hempstead and Watford, utilising the freed up capacity on the relief road.
The MRT would provide fast, efficient, affordable and frequent services to tempt motorists out of their cars.
The cost of building a bypass is estimated at £250-500m and would include improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. As yet there is no proposed route for the bypass.
Derrick Ashley, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said, "This is the biggest period of growth for Hertfordshire since the post Second World War New Towns era. A key part of ensuring we deliver 'good growth' will be to ensure that our communities are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. To do this we need people to make sustainable transport choices and we need to have the supporting infrastructure and improvements in place along the A414 corridor strategy.
“We want residents to tell us what they think about the A414 Corridor Strategy to help guide our future transport planning and investment. These are the changes we will look to implement over the next 20 years so we are really keen to hear from the younger generation on how they want to travel around the county in the future.”
Proposals for a bypass around Hertford were last floated in the early 1990s but abandoned on environmental grounds and lack of public support.
The consultation will launch in December and will be open for 12 weeks.
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