It was standing room only at Hertford Catholic Church when around 200 people attended a public meeting to discuss the need for a bypass around Hertford.
The event was organised by Hertford Civic Society and featured a 30 minute presentation by Councillor Derrick Ashley, Herts County Council Executive Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy.
Cllr. Ashley outlined a range of measures featured in the council's A414 Corridor Strategy, including a mass rapid transit system, better cycling provision and the possibility of a bypass to ease congestion on the A414 through the Hertford.
Following Cllr. Ashley's presentation, members of the public were invited to comment and ask questions.
A show of hands revealed the majority of those attending were against a bypass.
Questions were asked about the frequency, connectivity and integration of public transport in and around the town. Cllr. Ashley explained that current legislation meant that the council had limited powers as many of the public transport services were either run privately or outside the authority's control. This situation contrasts with big cities like London, where there was central control over public transport. It was pointed out that some public transport operators were removing services due to levels of congestion.
Other questions were asked about the need to tackle pollution, both in terms of air quality and noise.
Another member of the public highlighted the fact that congestion was only a problem during peak hours.
Rapid changes in vehicle technology were also discussed, with questions asked about how electric and autonomous vehicles might affect traffic flows.
The meeting ended at 9pm with Cllr. Ashley encourging everyone to respond to the council's public consultation on the A414 Corridor Strategy, which closes on 24th February 2019..
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