Roads Minister Jesse Norman has confirmed that the Department for Transport will provide £27.4m, almost three quarters of the total funding, for a Little Hadham Bypass along the A120 between Bishop’s Stortford and the A10.
The funding was secured through Hertfordshire LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan for the county and forms part of a wider funding package with Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency.
The new bypass will alleviate traffic congestion in Little Hadham, improve air quality and provide more reliable journey times, including improved transport links to Stansted Airport. The plans will see a 4km single carriageway bypass to the north of Little Hadham that will decrease journey times along the A120, saving commuters nearly an hour a week.
Planning permission for the scheme was granted in January 2017 and Compulsory Purchase Orders and a Side Roads Order were confirmed in October 2018. Contractor GRAHAM has been identified to build the scheme, with work to start on site in June 2019.
Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “The A120 is a vital east-west link in Hertfordshire’s already congested road network. This bypass will improve the quality of life for residents in the village and significantly reduce journey times along the route. It is vital when we are faced with such unprecedented growth that we put in the right infrastructure now to support our places, people and businesses.”
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, said: “Investment in local roads cuts travel time, boosts business, and can improve air quality by cutting congestion. This new bypass will significantly benefit both road users and residents in and around Little Hadham as well as across Hertfordshire.”
Hertfordshire County Council has also worked with the Environment Agency towards a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in Little Hadham and nearby communities to the south. Funding has been approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs for road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary to provide defence against flooding in the village.
Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “This funding from the Department of Transport is hugely significant. The A120 connects the A10 to Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted Airport, so this is an important scheme for what is a vital transport link in the county.
“The bypass, and flood alleviation scheme, will help to support the growth we’re expecting in Hertfordshire over the coming years, making a big difference to our road network, while also improving the quality of life for residents in the Little Hadham area. The investment from the DfT also reflects the hard work carried out by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to secure the funding.”
Works will start in June 2019 and the scheme is scheduled to open in Autumn 2020.
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