Extra Funding for Hertfordshire Walking and Cycling Projects

Hertfordshire County Council has been awarded a further £2.6m from the Department for Transport to provide additional walking and cycling projects across the county.

The recent funding is in addition to the £6.4m the council received in November 2020 to enable residents to live healthier lifestyles by making it easier and safer to walk and cycle.

It also helps support the creation of cleaner towns and cities, which have less congestion and provide us all with better places to live, work and visit.

The proposed schemes support the objectives in the council’s Local Transport Plan and Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy, to increase journeys by bicycle and foot across the county.

Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to secure additional government funding to support walking and cycling journeys in the county.

“Our new Corporate Plan sets out the vision for a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire. Providing safe and easy ways for people to walk and travel by bike is key to making this become a reality.”

In Welwyn Garden City, the fund will be used to build on the success of the work carried out in the town centre in 2021, which created a new public area in Stonehills Square and provided more pedestrian space.

There will be further enhancements including space for cyclists in Fretherne Road and Wigmores North, as well as improved pedestrian crossing points across Howardsgate. These will be supported by a town centre wide 20mph zone.

In addition, the award will also allow for the removal of the temporary cycle lane facilities in Bridge Road, to be replaced with a permanent two-way facility on the southern side after a positive consultation last summer. The scheme will provide a high quality link between existing cycle routes from Broadwater and Bessemer Roads into the heart of the town.

Works are anticipated to commence in the autumn, with further details to follow.

In Stevenage, the fund will be used to enhance the High Street in the old town to improve access by foot and bike. Further engagement will now take place with Stevenage Borough Council, the Department for Transport and Active Travel England to shape the proposal prior to further business and public engagement.

Funding from the original award of £6.4m is being used to progress other projects in Buntingford, Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans, Stevenage and Watford, that were consulted on in summer 2021.

The first scheme to start construction will be on Wiggenhall Road, Watford. These works are expected to commence on Monday 13 June 2022.

For full details on all of the schemes please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/activetravelfund.

Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the GreenerHighways.co.uk team.

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