Still time to comment on A414 improvement plans

Published: 11 Feb 2019

Plans to improve east-west travel across the county – both by car and by more sustainable choices – have been published by Hertfordshire County Council and a public consultation on the proposals is open until 25 February.

The A414 Corridor Strategy sets out plans for improving transport along the major east-west route in the county, and in the towns along it, with proposals to reduce congestion and provide real alternatives to travelling by car. The strategy sets out 30 sets of improvements along the length of the route, from Hemel Hempstead in the west to Harlow in the east, taking in Watford, St Albans, Welwyn Hatfield and Broxbourne along the way.

Proposals include:
• A bypass to the south of Hertford
• Improvements to existing M1 junctions and the possibility of a new junction
• Improvements to the Park Street and London Colney roundabouts
• A new public transport link across the county
• Improvements to walking and cycling routes along the A414 route

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said, “There are up to 100,000 new homes planned for Hertfordshire by 2031 and fifty per cent of these will be along the A414 route. This will have a significant impact on the road itself, and on the towns along the route, and the increased traffic congestion will lead to longer journey times if we do nothing. We need to make improvements to this key cross-county road, but just as importantly we need to make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive and practical options.

“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.

“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.”

Residents can see the plans and let us know what they think at