Welwyn Garden City Town Centre development

Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and supported by Welwyn Garden City BID are developing a scheme to enhance the area around Welwyn Garden City town centre.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic circulation in the town centre, improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists and to enhance the experience for people using the town centre.

Steps in this project

Step 1: Early options

In 2014, we conducted an investigation into traffic circulation issues in Welwyn Garden City town centre.

We explored potential options for reducing traffic issues and improving the town centre experience for everyone.

Since then we've continued to develop options.

Step 2: Early engagement and Consultation spring/summer 2018

During early engagement, we consulted with local businesses, user groups, and the public in July 2017. This included two public exhibition days at the Howard Centre on the 22 and 24 July 2017. This gave us valuable feedback to help us with our plans for consultation in Spring/Summer 2018.

  • Public consultation was open from 21st May to 24th June 2018 where feedback was received via an online tool and email.
  • There were two public events held on 26th May and 11th June 2018.
  • Some of the proposals were trialled on site with temporary traffic management and temporary traffic regulation orders from 21st May to 17th June 2018. View our trial plan (PDF 988Kb) Opening in a new window
  • Consultation with stakeholder groups (councillors, officers, emergency services and user groups) were undertaken prior to the trial/public consultation.

Changes to the current street regulations will be subject to further consultation through Traffic Regulation Orders.

Step 3: Consultation feedback

The consultation generated a lot of public interest with approximately even numbers who supported or opposed the scheme and supportive in part of the scheme. We received a total of 253 responses.

See the results of the consultation.

As a result of the feedback we have made some changes to the scheme, which include:

  • The proposals for the southern end of Stonehills have changed in response to consultation. This part of the road will now remain open to general traffic and will include 16 parallel parking bays and an improved turning head. We’re working with WHBC to determine the appropriate mix of car parking, disabled car parking, and loading bays in this area. A taxi rank facility will not be provided in Stonehills.
  • No changes are proposed for the northern end of Stonehills. This area will be closed to traffic and become a shared space for pedestrians and cyclists with improved street furniture. This space will be available for town events, markets, footpath dining, and many other opportunities.
  • Pedestrian crossing points with tactile paving will be provided on raised tables at six locations around Howardsgate. Parking will be suspended at these specific locations to allow for increased visibility between pedestrians and vehicles. The existing taxi rank on Howardsgate will be retained. HCC and WHBC are working to investigate using a peak period only taxi rank to accommodate times when there are higher demands.
  • On Wigmores North, we propose to extend our previous one way proposal to the John Lewis car park. This would allow contraflow cycling, improve the pedestrian crossing at the corner of the John Lewis car park, and potentially add new car parking bays.
  • On Parkway, we propose to add kerb build outs on the approach to Howardsgate. This will reinforce the existing one lane layout, further reduce vehicular conflict and improve the pedestrian experience at the signalised pedestrian crossing.
  • On Fretherne Road, we propose to add features and enhanced signage to reinforce the one way system.
  • On Church Road, we will no longer remove the mini-roundabout to introduce running lanes with a right turn lane. However, we are investigating changes to the mini-roundabout to improve the safety performance and pedestrian accessibility. This will now be delivered as a separate safety scheme.
  • The roads within the town centre will be governed by a 20 MPH speed limit zone.

We would like to thank you for your feedback, which has helped inform the scheme.

What’s Next?

When we formally apply for traffic regulation orders you will have a further opportunity to make a represntation as part of this process. We expect to start construction in spring 2019 and works will be completed before the centenary celebrations in 2020.

Step 4: Outline and detailed design

We are currently progressing the detailed design.

Step 5: Construction

We expect to start work on the scheme in Spring 2019.

We'll do everything we can to minimise disruption during construction. All businesses will keep access to their premises.

For more information about the project:

Email welwyngardencitytowncentre@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

If you have any concerns about highway issues you can report a fault or phone 0300 123 4047.