Minimum five-year wait for A1(M) Letchworth Gate junction review

A MAIN route into town previously branded as “flawed” is set to remain unchanged for at least the next five years.

A draft of the Letchworth and Baldock Urban Transportation Plan (UTP), compiled by Hertfordshire Highways, is due to be finalised next week and states that a review of the Letchworth Gate junction is a “long term” proposal, one that is unlikely to be looked at until five years into the scheme as it would require additional funding.

Hertfordshire Constabulary commented when the UTP was first released that the left turning into Letchworth GC after exiting the A1(M) northbound at junction 9 was “flawed”, adding that “damage only road traffic collisions are a frequent occurrence”.

Following a six-week public consultation last year to help shape the UTP, the North Hertfordshire Highways Partnership panel will discuss the plan on Monday and, if approved, a decision on funding for 2012-13 will be made at Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet in February.

The proposed transport improvements for both towns in the next 20 years include short term suggestions for Letchworth GC - which could be implemented in the first two years of the plan - such as a cycle corridor from the Jackmans Estate to the Grange Estate and a speed reduction in Wilbury Road.

Making Gernon Road in Letchworth GC two-way is earmarked as a medium term plan in the draft, which, as it would require further consultation, is unlikely to be considered until three years after approval at the earliest.

Other long term proposals include improving Letchworth Railway Station’s forecourt and introducing a cycle corridor between Clothall Common to the A1(M) underpass via Baldock Town Centre and Knights Templar School.

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