Upcoming roadworks and closures
- Mon 16 January - Fri 24 February 2023: 9pm - 5am.
2-way traffic lights on Whempstead Road (as required).
- Mon 6 - Sat 11 February 2023: 9pm - 5am weeknights only.
Full closure of Ware Road from Watton Nursery to A602 roundabout.
Full closure of the segregated left turn lane on the A602/A119 roundabout.
Multiway light on the A602/A119 roundabout.
For the duration of the scheme:
- 30/40 mph speed limit along the A602.
Sacombe Pound open from 14 November 2022:
As a temporary arrangement, we've opened the Sacombe Pound and Sacombe Hill Farm Road junctions with the new part of the A602 to local residents and businesses. To access Whempstead Road, Sacombe Hill Farm Road and Sacombe Pound, you'll need to turn onto the new stretch of road at Heath Mount School. Road users from Sacombe Pound and Sacombe Hill Farm Road will need to turn right onto the new stretch of road towards Heath Mount School, where you will be able to join the current A602 for their onward journeys.
These are subject to change. Follow @Herts_Highways on Twitter for real-time updates.
Why we want to change the A602
The A602 is a very busy road, but there are problems in places:
- vehicles turning right are blocking traffic behind, causing delays
- tight bends and poor visibility make the road less safe than it could be
- often long queues at junctions.
Improvements we're making
We want to improve the major junctions, reduce delays and make the route safer.
We are now currently completing the A602 Improvements at these locations:
- A119 junction - enlarging roundabout, two-lane entry on each arm and segregated left-hand turn lane from Stevenage to Ware
- Ware Road - realigning the road to make a safer and smoother drive and including right-hand turn lanes to reduce congestion
- Sacombe Pound junction - junction upgrades, installation of a bridge and cycle way which will allow safe crossing under the A602 for pedestrians and cyclists
- Stoneyhills junction - realigning the northern arm of the junction with better visibility and closing off the southern arm, re-designating as a bridleway
We have already made improvement to these locations:
- Hertford Road junction
- Anchor Lane roundabout
- Westmill Road
- A120 junction
Steps to complete the project
Step 1: Early options
We looked at a number of options for improving the A602, to reduce traffic congestion. We put this together into a business case.
Step 2: Seeking funding
Funding has been approved by the Local Enterprise Partnership and Hertfordshire County Council.
Step 3: Developing the scheme
The Local Transport Body consulted on the business case. The consultation ended in August 2014 and helped us decide that the project is value for money.
We held a public exhibition in May 2015. This gave us a chance to find out what you think about the project prior to submitting the planning applications.
A report was put before the Development Control Committee following a period of consultation.
Step 4: Getting permission / planning applications
Planning permission for the current works was granted in early 2018. Information on these applications can be viewed below;
Planning permission for the additional cycle route between Stoneyhills and Sacombe Pound was granted in Nov 2020.
Full details can be found on the planning page.
Planning permission for the earlier works, completed in summer 2018, can still be viewed on the link below;
Side Roads Order
The Department of Transport has approved the Hertfordshire County Council (A602 Improvements (Watton-at-Stone to Tonwell) Classified Road) Side Roads Order 2019. This is a statutory process that must be consulted on prior to making changes to any side or access roads.
If you would like to see the side road orders, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Regulation Orders
When opened, a 50mph speed limit will be enforced on the new A119 roundabout and A602 alignment. Temporary 30mph or 40mph speed limits should be adhered to when signage is in place.
Step 5: Construction
Construction contractor, Tilbury Douglas, continues to progress the works. The A119 roundabout has been completed, and the new segregated turn left lane is open.
Works to realign the A602 Ware Road between Heath Mount school and Stoneyhills, including the new Dane End Bridge, is progressing. As a result of concerns identified with the bridge construction, some elements are to be replaced. Part of the new road opened to local traffic in November 2022, and the road is due to fully open in summer 2023. Once traffic has moved onto the new road, the cycle track between Stonyhills and Sacombe Pound will open. Landscaping works continues this winter, with over 10,000 m2 of new woodland being planted.
Temporary speed limits remain in place while the works are under construction.
Latest press release about the work to the Dane End bridge and the delay to the completion date.
Please plan your journey, as some of the works may cause delays on the highway. Check planned closures and roadworks.
Want to know more?
To make sure that residents and others who are interested in the scheme are kept informed of the upcoming works, we publish a monthly newsletter with all the latest news and updates from site:
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