A120 bypass (Little Hadham) and flood alleviation scheme

We're looking to build a bypass of Little Hadham and reduce flooding in the area. We received planning permission for the scheme in Jan 2017.

Steps in this project

Step 1: Early options

In 2007 we assessed the traffic situation in Little Hadham and decided a bypass would be the best solution to reduce congestion in the area.

We drew up plans for a number of routes and chose what we considered to be the best option based on safety, effectiveness and cost.

A consultation was held to find out what you thought of the early plans. The Environment Agency came along to the consultation to show how we could reduce flooding with each route too.

Step 2: Seeking funding

The construction cost for the project is expected to be about £30 million.

The biggest bit of funding will come from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has been granted approximately £27.4 million by the Government.

You could build a flood alleviation scheme without the bypass, but this would need a lot more funding.

The Environment Agency will be contributing towards the flood alleviation scheme.

Step 3: Developing the scheme

Once funding was agreed for the project, we progressed the design. We shared this at the pre-planning consultation.

Based on your feedback we made a number of changes – see the A120 pre-planning application update.

Related documents

Step 4: Getting permission (we're here at the moment)

We received planning permission for the scheme in Jan 2017.

You can use reference no: PL/0744/15 to view the full application.

We are now working towards getting the land we need to build the scheme. This could be by agreement with the landowners or compulsory purchase.

The Department for Transport has received objections to the Side Roads Order (SRO) and Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). A Local Public Inquiry will be needed if the objections remain in place.

We have prepared a Statement of Case which can be found below.

Documents supporting the Statement of Case are available for public inspection during normal office hours at East Hertfordshire Council office, Charrington House, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 2EN.

Side Roads Order (SRO)

Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)

Environment Agency Compulsory Purchase Order (EACPO)


Step 5: Construction

We expect construction to begin in 2019 and finish in 2020.

We started looking for a construction contractor in January 2018 and the contractors that have been shortlisted to tender for the works are:

  • Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd
  • Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited
  • Jackson Buckingham JV
  • John Graham Construction Ltd
    (t/a GRAHAM Construction)
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

We hope to appoint a successful contractor in late 2018, depending on the outcome of the legal processes. 

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