The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed the £40 million Little Hadham Bypass project will go ahead, cutting congestion and pollution.
Jesse Norman, the government’s former Road Minister confirmed that the DfT will assist the project with £27.4 million of funding, which goes some way to paying for the Little Hadham Bypass along the A120 between Bishop’s Stortford and the A10.
It means that motorists in Hertfordshire could see their weekly journey times cut by almost an hour thanks to this new bypass that will improve traffic flows in the region.
In addition though, the Little Hadham Bypass will tackle one of the government’s most pressing issues: reducing toxic air.
There is a huge drive to improve the air quality throughout the country, given that pollution has been identified as one of the biggest threats to public health in the country.
The British Safety Council has called for working outside to be declared an occupational health hazard, such is the severity of the problem.
For their own part, the government is pressing ahead with its Road to Zero strategy, and it is projects like the one at Little Hadham, that will improve the overall wellbeing of those in the area.
Jesse Norman commented: “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.”
A new single carriageway bypass – reaching a total of 4km – will be built to the north of Little Hadham, decreasing journey times along the A120.
As well as improving air quality, the DfT say that the project will reduce the risk of flooding in the region, as well as in nearby communities to the south.
Work is due to start, and will be completed in autumn 2020.