The design of the scheme was developed based on public consultation and following comments posted on social media. You told us that you have concerns about pedestrians because of the width of the footpath by the convenience store and the speed of westbound traffic.
The High Street works will:
- improve pedestrian crossing facilities and widen footpaths
- encourage drivers to keep to the speed limit
- change the junction to discourage parking and reduce congestion.
These changes are almost the same as last time we showed you our proposals for High Street, but we have changed the way we will build them.
To avoid confusion with multiple sets of lights, the permanent traffic lights at Station Road have been turned off and covered. This has temporarily reverted to a give-way junction.
The temporary traffic lights for the High Street works will include a pedestrian crossing which will temporarily replace the existing permanent crossing lights on Station Road and A120 Stortford Road. This will prevent getting caught in a queue twice, while making sure there is a safe place for pedestrians.
We have an opportunity whilst the roads are quieter. We expect roads to stay quiet until late summer. We started building in June 2020.
Concerns about closing High Street in the run up to Christmas was one of the reasons the High Street works were postponed in 2019. Doing the work now means we can avoid the same concerns for Christmas 2020 and make the most of daylight hours and good weather.
In order to protect the safety of the public and the workforce, High Street will be closed for all road users until further notice. Access from the A120 will only be available for pedestrians.
We have to make this change to protect the public, pedestrians and the site team, because of the behaviour of drivers. We have evidence of motorists ignoring the signs and abusing our workforce when told they are not able to travel against the former one-way system.
Access to High Street for vehicles will only be available from the south, from Frogs Hall Lane and Hadham Road. The temporary one-way system will be removed. This route is very narrow in places and will also be used by large agricultural vehicles. If you can avoid accessing High Street by car and walk instead, please try to.
For traffic travelling along the A120, we provided advanced notice and a signed diversion will be in place during any road closures to help encourage the use of other A-roads and reduce the need to queue through Standon.
There will be some weekend and overnight closures of the A120:
11 - 12 July 2020: Day-time closures of A120 Stortford Road, 8am - 6pm. The closed section will be from Station Road to Frogs Hall Lane.
- There will be access to High Street during the closure along the one way system from the A10 end only.
10 - 15 August 2020: Night-time road closures of A120 Stortford Road, High Street, Mill End and Town Farm Crescent between 9pm - 5am.
- Access to and from High Street will be from Frogs Hall Lane.
- Access to residential properties on Mill Lane, Town Farm Crescent and A120 (between Station Road and Frogs Hall Lane) will only be provided if it is safe to do so. Emergency access will be maintained.
Plans can change at short notice, so do check one.network.
When we choose a diversion route, we have to use roads that are a similar standard or higher. So A-road traffic can’t be diverted onto local roads.
For the A120 this means using the A10, A414 and A1184 because this is the shortest A-road route.
Also, we have to sign the diversion routes from the nearest convenient junction. So, we need to start the diversion at the A10 junction or the A1184 junction (near Tesco in Bishop’s Stortford), even if the queues we are trying to avoid are further along the A120.
We try to allow local residents through road closures if it is safe to do so.
We are monitoring the impact of both schemes closely. Based on current levels of traffic, we think this should be manageable and not cause significant delay. If traffic levels continue to increase or delays are worse than expected, we will review our plans.
More information about the A120 Little Hadham bypass
When working directly outside shops, we'll provide a safe area to accommodate queueing customers.
There will be pedestrian diversion routes in place. You'll be able to access your essential services throughout the construction.
We're following the latest industry guidance on safe working. You may notice that some of our workers are closer than 2 metres together - when this happens it will be in line with the latest advice. For example, some of our working groups live together as households so that they can safely work together.
In August 2017 we held a public consultation to find out what the residents of Standon and Puckeridge thought are the biggest problems with the A120 through the village.
The 3 top issues were:
- difficulty for pedestrians crossing the road
- speed of traffic on the A120
- difficulty for local traffic getting out of side roads onto the A120
Our aim has always been to improve access onto the A120 in Standon before the A120 Little Hadham bypass opens and improve pedestrian routes across the A120.
In 2019, we completed improvements to junctions at Cambridge Road, South Road / Barwick Road and Station Road. We just have improvements at High Street / Mill end to complete to finish the whole scheme.
We're not building a bypass because, following a public consultation in spring 2016, there was no clear support for a bypass due to a number of local environmental issues. We concluded that improvements to the existing road was the best option. This approach was agreed by the Environment Planning and Transportation Panel of the County Council in June 2016.
We can’t promise that the improvements will completely solve all these problems, but we are confident they will make the situation better.