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.
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. This has been a community-led project with a focus on creating a vibrant and accessible town for all. The project also looks to support the recovery from the pandemic.
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.
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 up to 6 months, with no works in December 2021 in the run up to Christmas. A more detailed programme will be available in due course.
Phase one will focus on the rejuvenation of the Stonehills area reconfiguring the layout of the parking to reduce vehicle congestion issues.
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.