Plans to widen A1(M) welcomed by County Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:04 21 October 2012

The plans could mean an end to gridlock on the A1(M)

The plans could mean an end to gridlock on the A1(M)

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A MULTI-MILLION pound investment in a stretch of Times Territory motorway has been welcomed by County Hall bosses.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times revealed last week the Government will cough up £6.2m for a project that would see the northbound hard shoulder of the A1(M) from Junction 6 converted into an extra lane.

Transport chiefs say the move will tackle the frustrating bottleneck between junctions 6 and 8.

Cllr Morris Bright, who is responsible for resources at Herts County Council, said businesses would reap the rewards. He stated: “The A1(M) is a major artery for commercial companies across the country. By making it easier to travel to and through the area, Hertfordshire becomes a very attractive option for businesses looking for a new home.”

The improvements will help aid traffic flow through the area and develop access to some of the county’s major economic centres in Hatfield and Knebworth.

John Gourd, Chair of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Road congestion is one of the key concerns of local businesses so this funding is a welcome boost for Hertfordshire’s economy.

“We will be working with partners to develop an infrastructure plan for the county to unlock further investment in critical schemes such as this.”

The works will start and finish in 2014.

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