What do you think about A1(M) corridor transport plans?

Published: 06 Jan 2020

Plans to help improve travel within and between towns along the A1(M) – both by car and by more sustainable choices – have been published by Hertfordshire County Council and a public consultation on the proposals is now open.

The A1(M) Growth and Transport Plans set out our plans for improving transport in the towns along one of the major north-south routes in the county, with proposals to reduce congestion and provide real alternatives to travelling by car.

The plans – one for the north of the area and one for the south - set out 51 packages of potential improvements along a broad corridor that includes towns along the A1(M) such as Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Potters Bar, as well as a wider group of connected towns such as Royston, Wheathampstead, St Albans, London Colney and Borehamwood.

Proposals include:
• Public transport improvements around Hitchin rail station
• Better links between Stevenage, Hitchin and Luton Airport
• Improvements to Junction 8 of the A1(M)
• Upgrading the junctions between the A1(M) and the A414
• Better public transport and cycling routes between Welwyn Garden City and Luton, via Wheathampstead
• Improvements to walking and cycling routes within and between towns

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said, “There are over 100,000 new homes planned for Hertfordshire by 2031 and over half of these will be in the towns along the A1(M) corridor. This will have a significant impact on the road itself, and more importantly for us on the towns along the route. The additional traffic will increase congestion and lead to longer journey times if we do nothing. We need to make improvements to the road network, 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 delivering ‘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 in our towns to help them do this.

“We want residents to tell us what they think about the A1(M) Growth and Transport Plans 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 young residents on how they want to travel around the county in the future.”

Residents can see the plans and give their views on the overall strategies and the transport schemes they propose by taking part in the consultation at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/consultations  

The public consultation closes on 30 March 2020

Paper copies of the North and South Central Growth & Transport Plan Prospectus and Interventions Paper will be available for reference in libraries and borough/district council offices in the plan area shortly.