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Herts Traffic Future Numbers Explosion
Hertfordshire County Council are predicting the local population would have risen by 400,000 people over the next 35 years, so they want to hear from residents NOW - about how local travel options should be improved.
Forecasts for the next 35 years predict that the county's population will have grown to over 1.5m.
The Transport Vision for Hertfordshire, which is open for the public to comment on sets out a programme of transport improvements to help deal with this growth.
The major schemes proposed the Council wants to hear your views on include:
- Sustainable Travel Towns - to improve sustainable transport links in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Stevenage and Watford
- Access to East Hemel Hempstead - to provide better transport links to new homes to be built between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans
- Hertford Bypass - to address traffic congestion and sustainable travel in the town
- A414 upgrades - to improve junctions around Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, London Colney and East Hertfordshire to the north of Harlow
- Bus rapid transit - to create fast, reliable bus connections from Hemel Hempstead to Hertford, serving St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, and another link between Watford and St Albans
- As well as major schemes to make significant improvements to travel in Hertfordshire, the county council is also consulting on wider policies to manage the extra strain on our network. We know that looking 15 years into the future a journey that takes an hour now will take 15 minutes longer. That means our new Vision for Transport must consider how we react to these challenges facing our transport network.
The authority wants to hear the views of people who live and travel in Hertfordshire on:
- How we design our streets and places to support reductions in car use and greater use of sustainable transport
- How we increase levels of cycling, especially for short journeys in urban areas
- How we encourage shared mobility, for example car and lift share schemes
- How we create better public transport links, such as priority bus lanes
- How we use technology to manage roads in real-time
- How we look at areas separately to address local needs.
Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
"Our strong and successful economy and our thriving communities are built on the bedrock of an efficient and reliable transport network.
However we know by 2050 things will be very different to today, and the decisions we take now will influence the kind of transport network we will have then.
Don't miss out on your chance to have your say and make suggestions on the major projects and policy changes we require so we can ensure that Hertfordshire continues to be a county of opportunity."
To take part in the Transport Vision for Hertfordshire visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/transportvision2050
The deadline for responses is Wednesday 14 December 2016
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