Motorway ‘nerve centre’ given permission to expand

PLANS to extend the ‘nerve centre’ of Hertfordshire’s motorway network have been given the green light.

Officers at Hertsmere Borough Council approved an application from the Highways Agency to build a store room and provide extra parking spaces at its regional control centre in South Mimms.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the expansion of the building – which opened in January 2006 – would allow it to operate “as effectively as possible”.

The proposals, which were submitted back in November, were endorsed following a period of public consultation and a site visit by planners.

The control centre, located in St Albans Road, covers the A1(M) and M25 in Times Territory.