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London Road Active Travel Fund Scheme - update.

The current phase of works is scheduled to be paused on 3rd December 2022.

London Road/Station Road will then re-open to through-traffic in both directions between 4th December 2022 and 2nd January 2023.

Phase A of construction will resume on 3rd January 2023. While good progress has been made, including most of the shared path having been constructed and the installation of the kerbs for the new bus stops, operational challenges on-site mean that HCC need to complete the phase in the New Year. The road closure will be reinstated from 3rd January so through traffic will need to follow the signed diversion route. More details on upcoming works phases can be found below.

The project, which will make travelling around Buntingford safer and easier, will provide a shared path, new pedestrian and cyclist crossing points, and lower speed limits in the area. New bus stops will be introduced to help serve the upcoming new First School on the southern end of Buntingford. The improvements are funded by the Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund.

Please continue to allow more time for your journey through the area and plan ahead to avoid disruption.

Traffic management

Works are being completed in phases to help keep disruption to a minimum and will continue to involve a 24/7 road closure in sections along London Road/Station Road, with no through route available for the entire construction period (scheduled until summer 2023).

The remaining phases consist of:

Phase A

A10 roundabout – Stearn Way

Ongoing to 3 December 2022, then resuming

3 January to late January 2023

Phase B

Stearn Way - Windmill Hill

Late January to mid-February 2023

Phase C

Windmill Hill - Owles Lane

Mid-February to March 2023

Phase D

Owles Lane - Plashes Drive

March to April 2023

Phases E-J

Plashes Drive – High Street

April to late summer 2023

*dates are subject to weather and construction conditions

Further details on these phases will be available nearer to the time of construction at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/activetravelfund

Further details on these phases will be available nearer to the time of construction at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/activetravelfund

*dates are subject to weather and construction conditions

Diversion routes

There will be a signed diversion route in place on the A10 Buntingford Bypass and Baldock Road during construction.

During Phase A (Ongoing to 3 December 2022, resuming 3 January to late January 2023):

· There will be no access for vehicles between the A10 roundabout and London Road/Station Road in either direction.

· The BP garage will remain open and accessible from the A10 roundabout.

· Access to Stearn Way will be maintained via London Road/Station Road through Buntingford and the signed diversion route. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage access.

During Phase B (Late January to mid-February 2023):

· The section of road between the Stearn Way and Windmill Hill junctions will be closed in both directions.

· Access to Stearn Way will be possible from the southern end of London Road via the A10 roundabout.

· Access to Windmill Hill and Olvega Drive will be maintained via London Road/Station Road through Buntingford and the signed diversion route. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage access.

During Phase C (Mid-February to March 2023):

· Phase B will re-open and the section of road between the Windmill Hill and Owles Lane junctions will be closed in both directions.

· Access to Stearn Way, Olvega Drive, and Windmill Hil will be possible from the southern end of London Road via the A10 roundabout.

· Construction workers will facilitate access to St Francis Close through the works area

· Access to Owles Lane and Crouch Gardens will be maintained via London Road/Station Road through Buntingford and the signed diversion route. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage access.

During Phase D (March to April 2023):

· Phase C will re-open and the section of road between the Owles Lane and Plashes Drive junctions will be closed in both directions.

· Access to Stearn Way, Olvega Drive, Windmill Hill, St Francis Close, Crouch Gardens and Owles Lane will be possible from the southern end of London Road via the A10 roundabout.

· Resident access to Plashes Drive will be maintained via London Road/Station Road through Buntingford and the signed diversion route. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage access.

We will be in touch with more information on later phases nearer the time. Information on construction and diversion maps, is available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/activetravelfund

Bus services

Bus services will resume normal routes during the Christmas period, between 4 December 2022 and 2 January 2023. From 3 January, the current diversion routes will be reinstated and the HertsLynx demand responsive service will continue to serve London Road/Station Road.

Further information is available on the Intalink website: https://www.intalink.org.uk. Details will also be displayed on notices at all relevant bus stops.

Pedestrian and cycle access

Access will be maintained for pedestrians on the western footpath throughout the works.

Within the works area, pedestrians may have to wait to be escorted to/from properties by site workers. Cyclists will need to dismount and share the footway with care.

Working hours

To complete the improvements as quickly as possible, phase B works will continue seven days a week between 8am to 11pm. Noisier works will be completed before 8pm, where possible. From Phase C onwards, works will take place between 8am – 8pm.

Temporary parking suspensions and waiting restrictions

To help keep traffic moving along the diversion route, the parking suspension along Baldock Road between Buntingford Post Office and Linden Court will remain in place. In addition, vehicles are prohibited from waiting at any time on both sides of Baldock Road (High Street to A10 roundabout) whilst works continue.

Alternative parking is available at Bowling Green Lane Car Park, where residents can park free of charge between the hours of 3pm and 9am. Residents will also be able to park in Bowling Green Lane Car Park for free for 1 ½ hours at other times.

Construction updated

To stay up to date on subsequent phases of work, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/activetravelfund . You can also sign up for email updates via www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/updateme

We appreciate your patience while HCC complete these works.

Enquiries about the works on site can be directed to Hertfordshire County Council's Contact Centre on 0300 123 4040 or emailed to our dedicated email address ATFConsultation@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Posted: Thu, 01 Dec 2022 09:49 by Clerk's Office

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