Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and supported by Welwyn Garden City BID, have developed a scheme to enhance the area around Welwyn Garden City town centre.
Phase 1 Stonehills works: This is made up of 5 construction phases.
- 12 Jul 2021 - Jan 2022 (Construction Phase 1):
Northern Stonehills, 24-hour closure of Stonehills to allow for new public space to be created, adding of benching and planting of trees. (Site compound set up works will commence on 5 July on Anniversary Gardens)
- 12 Jul - Sept 2021 (Construction Phase 2):
Southern Stonehills, carriageway improvements with reconfiguring parking bays. 24-hour road closure of Stonehills throughout. (Site compound set up works will commence on 5 July on Anniversary Gardens).
- Oct- Nov 2021 (Construction Phase 3):
Northern Stonehills (Former Debenhams store to Osbourn Way) and adjoining Osborn Way- Completing footway improvements outside shop fronts. These works will be carried out during evenings to minimise the disruption to shoppers.
- Sept - Oct 2021 (Construction Phase 4):
Southern Stonehills, completing the footway improvements outside shop fronts.
- Oct - Nov 2021 (Construction Phase 5):
Stonebank, repaving existing public space.
Phasing Plans (PDF 616KB)
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Why we're doing it
The aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic circulation, improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists, and enhance the experience for people using the town centre. This has been a community-led project with a focus to create a vibrant town centre.
The project will be delivered in two phases scheduled for 2021-2022 in and around Stonehills. The second phase is planned to follow in 2022-23 focusing on the areas around Wigmores North, Howardsgate, Fretherne Road and Parkway.
Phase 1 Stonehills
The first phase is planned to commence in July 2021 focusing on the rejuvenation of Stonehills. Works will include reconfiguring the layout of the parking bays along Stonehills to reduce vehicle congestion issues. A new public space will also be created at Stonehills’ northern end, complete with added benches, planting and new trees to provide an ideal meeting spot and location for outdoor events. The planned duration for the works is expected to last for approximately 6 month and will be completed by January 2022.
Phase one will focus on the rejuvenation of the Stonehills area reconfiguring the layout of the parking to reduce vehicle congestion issues.
The delivery of this will be carried out in 5 construction phases (as outlined above).
Phase 2 Parkway, Wigmores North, Howardsgate and Fretherne Road
Phase two is due to commence in 2022 and will continue to enhance the town centre environment, by improving the urban landscape and supporting the interaction between users at Parkway, Wigmores North, Howardsgate and Fretherne Road.
A contraflow cycle lane will be implemented along Fretherne Road and at Wigmores North, with supporting facilities to encourage pedestrian and cycle access. Pedestrian crossing points are going to be enhanced throughout the town centre, with revised traffic circulation flows and a 20mph zone. This will support pedestrian accessibility and reduce potential conflict between modes of transport. The collaboration of measures will enable Welwyn Garden City to contribute towards the UK’s goal in reducing pollution, congestion and increasing options for sustainable travel.
The delivery programme for this will follow in 2022.
Engagement and Consultation History
- 2017: During early engagement, we consulted with local businesses, user groups, and the public. This included two public exhibition days at the Howard Centre. This gave us valuable feedback to help us develop our plans for the town centre
- 2018: Public consultation and events took place and several proposals were trialled on site during May & June 2018
- 2019: Traffic regulation orders were consulted on in February and October.
- 2021: Confirmation that the scheme would move forward to implementation confirmed in January