A414 is gearing up for improvements

Published: 14 Nov 2018

Hertfordshire County Council is set to launch a consultation on planned improvements to the A414.

If agreed by the Council’s Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy Cabinet Panel today (Wednesday 14 November), a consultation will launch in December giving residents the chance to tell Hertfordshire County Council what they think of the A414 Corridor Strategy.

The A414 is the main east-west road across Hertfordshire running from Harlow to Hemel Hempstead. The main focus of the plans is to alleviate congestion and provide motorists with a real alternative to travelling by car. Ideas included in the strategy include a new cross-county high quality, fast and continuous public transport system and improving routes for walking and cycling. 

A key aspect of the strategy is a southern bypass around Hertford which will open up opportunities to improve walking, cycling and public transport routes within the town as less traffic passes through the town centre.

Junction 8 of the M1 and the A414/A1081 London Colney Roundabout will also be improved to help relieve traffic congestion. 

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said, “There are over 100,000 new homes planned for Hertfordshire and fifty per cent of these will be along the A414 route, with further development expected beyond 2031.  This will have a significant impact on the route and the increased traffic congestion will lead to longer journey times if we do nothing.

“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.”

If approved, the consultation will launch in December and be open for 12 weeks.