We are progressing with walking and cycling improvements on North Road, Stevenage. A new two-way cycle route along the eastern side of North Road between Coreys Mill Lane and the A602 Lytton Way gyratory is being installed, along with new crossing facilities and better signage to local routes.
The scheme will provide a safe and efficient route for people walking and cycling to the hospital, schools, and existing cycle routes, including the National Cycle Network Route 12, Stevenage High Street, and the surrounding countryside.
Works commenced on 12 June 2023 and are expected to be completed in February 2024.
Construction is being carried out in phases to minimise disruption:
- Phase 1: A602 Lytton Way to Franklin’s Road, substantially complete.
- Phase 2: Franklin’s Road to Burymead, substantially complete.
- Phase 3: Burymead to Whitney Drive, complete.
- Phase 4: Whitney Drive to Tudor Close, 14 October – 12 November.
- Phase 5: Tudor Close to Rectory Lane, 13 November – late-November.
- Pause in works over Christmas period.
- Phase 6: Rectory Lane to Coreys Mill Lane, 8 January – mid-February 2024.
What to expect
24/7 road closures will be phased along North Road, preventing through-traffic for the duration of works. A signed diversion route will be in place via B197 (North Road/Graveley Road) and A602 (Hitchin Road/Lytton Way) and via A602 (High Street/James Way/Lytton Way/Hitchin Road) and B197 (Graveley Road/North Road).
During main works, access will be maintained for residents and businesses on Franklin’s Road, Burymead, Whitney Drive, Tudor Close and Rectory Lane.
Carriageway resurfacing and installation of the raised tables will be completed overnight when there will be no vehicle access through the construction areas, except for emergency vehicles. Dates will be confirmed closer to these works and affected residents will be contacted directly.
Access will be maintained for pedestrians on the western footpath throughout the works. Cyclists will need to dismount and share the footway with care. For your safety and for the safety of our construction team, please make sure to follow the pedestrian diversion route, which will be clearly signed, and do not enter the works area at any time.
During all phases of work, buses will be on diversion and will not serve the bus stops on North Road. Full details will be available on the Intalink website.
Other planned work
We are coordinating with utility companies and developers who are also delivering maintenance and service work in the area along North Road. We are working to ensure that all works in the area are delivered safely and efficiently.
More about the North Road scheme, including diversion routes for the upcoming phases
We are progressing with walking and cycling improvements in Welwyn Garden City town centre. This includes crossing improvements across Osborn Way and Howardsgate, dedicated space for cycling on Bridge Road (Hunters Bridge), Wigmores North and Fretherne Road, and the introduction of a town centre wide 20mph zone.
Building on the success of the completed Stonehills Square project, the scheme will further enhance the environment and make travelling to, from and around Welwyn Garden City easier and safer for people walking and cycling.
Works commenced on Bridge Road on 30 August 2022 and were completed on 20 January 2023. A permanent two-way cycle route has been installed on Bridge Road connecting to the existing shared use on Broadwater Road. A new crossing for people walking and cycling was also installed over Osborn Way, improving the connections into Welwyn Garden City town centre.
Delivery of the improved walking and cycling environment in the town centre began on 1 February 2023 and is due to be completed in early 2024.
The works are being carried out in phases to minimise disruption. Until the end of November, there will be various road closures on Fretherne Road, Howardsgate and Stonehills while we install the raised table in front of The Howard Centre and resurface Fretherne Road.
What to expect:
4pm on 16 - 19 November 2023 (Christmas Funfair, pause in works):
- Fretherne Road, Howardsgate and Stonehills will be closed to vehicles 24/7.
- Access into the town centre will be from Parkway into Howardsgate, exiting via Wigmores North.
20 - 29 November 2023:
- Fretherne Road, Howardsgate North and Stonehills will re-open.
- Howardsgate South will be closed to vehicles during the day (access will be provided overnight).
- Access into the town centre will be from Parkway into Howardsgate, exiting via Wigmores North or Fretherne Road.
Dates depend upon weather and construction and may change.
Temporary taxi arrangements
The taxi rank in Howardsgate will remain temporarily closed until 20 November. Customers should continue to pick up their taxi from the temporary rank located on Wigmores North opposite the John Lewis car park (alongside Sir Theodores Way). Once the works on Fretherne Road are completed, the taxi rank outside the Howard Centre will reopen.
Official diversions will be in place to accommodate the road closures taking place. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work. Businesses will remain open as usual.
Remaining phases of work
We plan to complete the last stage of disruptive work by the end of November. We will re-open all roads in the town centre and be off-site from the start of December. Please note that some minor works will take place in early 2024. Details will be provided in the new year.
Bus services will experience minor disruption. The 302 bus service will be on diversion, and one bus stop on Church Road will be closed for the duration of works. Full details are available on the Intalink website.
More about the Welwyn Garden City town centre scheme, including diversion routes.
As part of our Safer Routes to School programme, the improvements at Codicote Road provide safer and more accessible connections between residential areas, schools, and local amenities.
Delivery of new walking facilities at Codicote Road Roundabout started on 14 August, with main works being completed in mid-November 2023.
The project has delivered:
- Two new raised zebra crossings on Lower Luton Road and Codicote Road to improve connections between residential areas, schools and local amenities.
- Speed cushions on Codicote Road and Lower Luton Road approaching the roundabout to enhance the safety of the new crossings and to create a more pleasant environment for people walking, wheeling and using the bus stops.
- Refurbishing of existing informal crossing points over Station Road and Lamer Lane.
- Widening of footways on each corner of the roundabout.
Minor follow-up works will take place in early December for approximately one week. Temporary traffic lights will facilitate vehicle access during this time.
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