A602 improvements, Stevenage to / from Ware

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We're changing our roadworks programme to help keep our workers and residents safe.

Latest update

Cycle Track Application – Approved

We are delighted the planning application [PL/0164/20] for an off-road cycle track has been approved, which will provide dedicated cycling and walking route across the A602 Ware Road between Sacombe Pound and Stoneyhills.

Construction for the cycle track will proceed in parallel with the existing programme of work for the A602, by our contractors Interserve Construction Ltd.

More information can be found in our press release

Winter Gritting

We are working with our Winter Operations Team to ensure the A602 Ware Road and side roads are kept safe over the winter months for the travelling public. Sacombe Pound will be included in the gritting route up to the closure point at Sacombe Green Road using the smaller one-tonne spreader. For full details and updates please go to the gritting routes page.

National Restrictions and Physical distancing

We're working closely with Interserve Construction Limited to follow government guidance on best work practices and physical distancing. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new national restrictions, it has been confirmed that construction can continue with the workforce following physical distancing and safe working practices.

Read what the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council had to say in the press release.

As part of working on site the team has put in place a range of procedures to protect staff and the public, including:

  • staggering working patterns
  • only essential staff on site
  • providing all necessary PPE and hand washing gels
  • increased cleaning regimes and welfare provision
  • eliminating the need for contact wherever possible
  • enforcing social distancing.

Some of the measures may mean that parts of the works will take longer to complete.

We understand that members of the public will see staff on site and ask about the project. But where possible, please send all enquiries to a602improvements@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

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 have already made improvements to these locations:

  • Hertford Road junction
  • Anchor Lane roundabout
  • Westmill Road
  • A10 junction.

We are now completing the final A602 Improvements at these locations:

  • A119 junction
  • Ware Road
  • Sacombe Pound junction
  • Stoneyhills 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

A total of 4 planning applications were submitted for the A602 Improvements Scheme.

Planning permission for the current works was granted in early 2018. Information on these applications can be viewed below;

Planning permission for the earlier works, completed in summer 2018, can still be viewed on the link below;

A further planning application was submitted for a cycle facility between Stoneyhills junction and Sacombe Pound. A consultation to gather feedback ran in Spring 2020 and the report was submitted alongside the planning application to the Local Planning Authority (LPA). A formal objection period was held, and we have been notified the application has been approved.

Full details can be found on the planning page.

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 please contact us via  a602improvements@hertfordshire.gov.uk.



Traffic Regulation Orders

A reduced speed limit of 30mph or 40mph has been introduced throughout the works, through a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order. These limits are in place to protect the workforce who may be working on or near the road, and help keep the travelling public safe. Please monitor your speed while going through the works

Step 5: Construction

Main Works

Interserve Construction Limited has been appointed as the contractor to carry out the main construction works which started in mid-June 2020.

The works, including the cycle track, are expected to be completed in Spring 2022. The planned opening has been delayed due to the influence of the Covid 19 on the project and the management of unexpected contaminated soils on site.

Please plan your journey, as some of the works may cause delays on the highway. Information about planned closures or other planned works can be viewed on one.network

 

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 have created a new online feature providing information on:

  • Project overview
  • Outline traffic management plans
  • Cycle track proposals.

Please note that some of the features only work on the latest available browser. If you are unable to access the information, updates are in the A602 Improvement leaflet (PDF 925KB).

  • Newsletter November 2020 (PDF 638KB)

Email a602improvements@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you have any questions about this project.

 

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