Have your say on the future of transport in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire County Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of transport i

Hertfordshire County Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the future of transport in the county - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire County Council is looking for residents’ views on how travel in the county should look by 2050.

Forecasts for the next 35 years predict that the county’s population will have grown by around 400,000, bringing it up to around 1.5 million in total.

This is predicted to make a huge impact on congestion and journey times, particularly during peak travel periods.

The Transport Vision for Hertfordshire, which is open for the public to comment on from Friday, September 23, sets out a programme of transport improvements to help deal with this growth.

Major schemes that the council is looking for 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.

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* 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.

The county council also wants to hear the views of people who live and travel in Hertfordshire on the following:

* How they design streets and places to support reductions in car use and greater use of sustainable transport;

* How they increase levels of cycling, especially for short journeys in urban areas;

* How they encourage shared mobility, for example car and lift share schemes;

* How they create better public transport links, such as priority bus lanes;

* How they use technology to manage roads in real-time;

* How they 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 survey visit: http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-council/consult/transportconsult/TV2050/

The deadline for responses is Wednesday, December 14.