Plan to improve A602 stretch between Stevenage and Ware gathering speed

Two of the four applications to reduce congestion on the A602 between Stevenage and Ware have been s

Two of the four applications to reduce congestion on the A602 between Stevenage and Ware have been submitted. - Credit: Archant

A multi-million pound project to improve the stretch of the A602 between Stevenage and Ware is gathering speed – with two of four planning applications now submitted.

The Herts County Council scheme aims to reduce congestion on the east-west route – linking with the A10 in Ware and Stevenage’s two A1(M) junctions – by removing tight bends and improving junctions so right-turning traffic is not blocked.

The plans include introducing traffic lights at busy junctions and introducing lanes for turning.

The first two applications which have now been submitted cover the Hertford Road junction in Stevenage; Anchor Lane roundabout; parts of Westmill Road and the A10 junction near Ware.

A further two applications for the A119 junction to the east of Watton at Stone and for the Ware Road from the Heath Mount School to the Stony Hills junction will be submitted later this year.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways at County Hall, said: “The scheme aims to improve this very busy route by easing congestion and so improving journey time. Our aim is to deliver a reliable route across Hertfordshire and this project is part of that on-going effort. I am really pleased that this important project is progressing well.”

Following on from a public exhibition last year, members of the public will soon be able to comment on the proposals through the county council’s planning portal.

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After that period of consultation, a report will be put before the council’s development control committee – which will make a decision on the plans.

If agreed, work on some sections of the A602 could start in early 2017.

For more information about the project visit www.hertsdirect.org/A602. You can also find the planning portal via the home page.

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