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
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.
No. We thought a lot about how to make the improvements and whether we could work at off-peak times only (or do a lot of the work at night).
In the end these options weren’t practical because:
- noise and light pollution would affect nearby residents
- restricted working hours would cause major delays to completing the work
- night work is more dangerous for staff on site
- the road would need to be left in a safe and usable condition each day after the night work. That includes any excavations being filled, the road surface made good, traffic lights set up and taken down. Essentially, having to start and stop every day would be expensive and cause major further delays.
Closing roads is inconvenient and we avoid it where possible. But sometimes we have to temporarily close the road for space and safety.
Diversion routes – why so long?
When we choose a diversion route we have to use roads that are a similar or higher standard. 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 actual physical closure is further along the A120.
We try to allow local residents through road closures if it is safe to do so.
Can we put 3-way lights on the South Road junction?
Unfortunately, we can't put 3 way lights on the South Road junction. We did this a few months ago and it resulted in unacceptable queues on the A120.
We know the current temporary traffic lights are inconvenient.
If you're queuing on the A120, remember to leave gaps for vehicles exiting South Road.
During the following road closures please follow the signed diversions. See section “Diversion routes maps”.
We're making improvements to these junctions on the A120:
- Cambridge Road – due to be completed in October 2019
- South Road / Barwick Road – completed (still some repairs and resurfacing required)
- Station Road – completed (still some repairs and resurfacing required)
- High Street / Mill End – works postponed, we'll inform residents when we have new dates.
Our plans may have to change at short notice. Visit www.roadworks.org to check if the closures are going ahead as planned.