A120 Little Hadham bypass to benefit from £27.4million contribution
The A120 Little Hadham bypass is to benefit from a contribution of up to £27.4million from the Department of Transport.
Hertfordshire County Council has worked in partnership with the Environmental Agency to develop the A120 Little Hadham bypass and flood alleviation scheme.
On Thursday, roads minister Jesse Norman, confirmed that the Department of Transport will provide three quarters of the funding for the bypass along the A120 between Bishop’s Stortford and the A10.
The project has a total cost of £39.58million and once complete, the route is expected to cut local journey times by a third, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the centre of the village.
The new 3.9km bypass, to the north of Little Hadham, will alleviate congestion from The Ash traffic lights, and could decrease journey times for regular users by nearly an hour a week.
New road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities.
Changes to the road infrastructure also hope to bring improved transport links to Stansted Airport and boost the local economy.
Mr Norman said: “Investment in local roads cuts travel time, boosts business, and can improve air quality by cutting congestion.
“This new bypass will significantly benefit both road users and residents in and around Little Hadham as well as across Hertfordshire.”
The Government funding was secured through Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s strategic economic plan and forms part of a wider funding package with the county council and Environment Agency.
Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and the environment, said: “This funding from the Department of Transport is hugely significant.
“The A120 connects the A10 to Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted Airport, so this is an important scheme for what is a vital transport link in the county.
“The bypass, and flood alleviation scheme, will help to support the growth we’re expecting in Hertfordshire over the coming years, making a big difference to our road network, while also improving the quality of life for residents in the Little Hadham area.”
Head of infrastructure and regeneration at Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Adam Wood, added: “The A120 is a vital east-west link in Hertfordshire’s already congested road network.
“This bypass will significantly reduce journey times along the route.
“It is important, when we are faced with such unprecedented growth, that we put in the right infrastructure now to support our places, people and businesses.”
Work will start in June and is scheduled to open in autumn 2020.
Civil engineering company GRAHAM has been appointed to build the bypass.