Boost for Hertfordshire as government funding confirmed for A120 scheme

Published: 25 May 2019

The Department for Transport has announced it is providing up to £27.4m of funding towards the A120 Little Hadham Bypass and Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Hertfordshire County Council has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to develop the scheme, which has a total cost of £39.58m with work scheduled to start in June 2019. It is expected to be finished and open in autumn 2020.

The government funding was secured through Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s strategic economic plan and forms part of a wider funding package with the County Council and Environment Agency.

The new 3.9km bypass, to the north of Little Hadham, will alleviate congestion from The Ash traffic lights and provide more reliable journey times. As part of the scheme, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities.

The scheme will improve air quality and also ultimately benefit the county’s economy, with quicker transport links to Stansted Airport among the long-term advantages for Hertfordshire.

Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said:

“This funding from the Department of Transport is hugely significant. The A120 connects the A10 to Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted Airport, so this is an important scheme for what is a vital transport link in the county.

“The bypass, and flood alleviation scheme, will help to support the growth we’re expecting in Hertfordshire over the coming years, making a big difference to our road network, while also improving the quality of life for residents in the Little Hadham area.”

Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure and Regeneration at Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“The A120 is a vital east-west link in Hertfordshire’s already congested road network. This bypass will significantly reduce journey times along the route.

“It is important, when we are faced with such unprecedented growth, that we put in the right infrastructure now to support our places, people and businesses.”