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Upcoming roadworks and closures

  • Fri 23 April 2021 - Spring 2022: Sacombe Pound closed to all traffic 24 hours a day, between Sacombe Green Road and the A602 Ware Road.
  • Wed 15 July onwards: 30/40 mph speed limit along the A602 for the duration of the scheme.
  • Thurs 16 July onwards: A602 / A119 narrow lanes on roundabout 24 hours a day.
  • Mon 22 – Fri 26 Nov: Two-way or multi way signals from Sacombe Pound to Sacombe Park, 9.30am - 3.30pm each day.
  • Mon 22 – Sat 27 Nov: Two-way signals Two-way signals on Whempstead Road, 9.30am – 3.30pm each day.
  • Mon 22 – Sat 27 Nov: Two-way or multi way signals from Sacombe Pound to Sacombe Park, 8pm - 5am each day.
  • Sat 27 Nov: Two-way or multi way signals from Sacombe Pound to Sacombe Park, 7am - 7pm.
  • Mon 29 Nov – Wed 01 Dec: Two-way or multi way signals from Sacombe Pound to Sacombe Park, 9.30am - 3.30pm each day.
  • Mon 29 Nov – Fri 03 Dec: Two-way or multi way signals from Sacombe Pound to Sacombe Park, 8pm - 5am each day.

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 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

The main construction works started in mid-June 2020, following the appointment of the main contractor. The contractor, Tilbury Douglas, continues on site with works, including the cycle track, expected to be completed in Spring 2022.

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:

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

 

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