Roadworks have Started on the A602 and will last right through July.

Watton Works A602Work to improve the A602 between Tonwell and Watton-at-Stone began in mid-June, with roadworks all along the route. The works will:

  • Enlarge and improve the Watton-at-Stone roundabout where the A602 meets the A119
  • Realign the A602 between Heath Mount School and Stony Hills junction to smooth out tight bends
  • Improve junctions to reduce delays from traffic turning right on this realigned section of the A602.
  • Plant new trees and hedges to improve wildlife habitats along the route

The work will be carried out by contractor Interserve Construction Ltd and will require a series of road closures including:

  • Tues 23 June - Wed 30 September: Ware Road closed from A602/A119 roundabout (western leg) to Watton House Lodge.
  • Tues 16 June - Mon 29 June: Whempstead Lane closed from junction with A602 Ware Road to Whempstead Lane
  • Mon 29 June - Tues 14 July: Sacombe Pound closed from junction with A602 Ware Road to Sacombe Green Road
  • Mon 29 June - Wed 15 July: Night-time works (Monday - Friday from 8pm to 5am) on A119 roundabout. 3-way traffic lights in place
  • Wed 15 July (overnight): A119 full closure from 10pm to 5am
  • Thurs 16 July onwards: narrow lanes on A602/A19 roundabout in place 24h a day

Information on roadworks is available on the www.one.network website.

HCC is also applying for further planning permission for a cycle path to run alongside a section of Ware Road to connect popular cycle routes in the area.

The Cabinet Member for Highways & Environment, said:

"The A602 is a key route between the A1(M) and the A10, and important for local traffic. With around 100,000 new homes expected in Hertfordshire by 2031, we're expecting an increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, so it's vital that we invest in key schemes to improve the road network and keep Hertfordshire moving as the population grows."

Improvements have already been made to other sections of the A602, including the Hertford Road junction in Stevenage and the Anchor Lane roundabout and A10 junction near Ware. This project is jointly funded by HCC and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which has contributed from the Local Growth Fund.

Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: "Our £20m investment towards the improvement of the A602 is facilitating vital work needed to increase the safety and reliability of this busy section of Hertfordshire's highway network. It will improve journey times and strngthen the resilience of the route to increased traffic flows as Hertfordshire's population increases and its economy grows."

Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, Herts County Councillor for Tring & the Villages, who is a strong advocate for Active Travel commented, "I very much welcome the commitment to provide an off-road cycle path at least as far as Watton High Street. It is disappointing however that the opportunity is not being taken to instal well-designed and engineered cyle paths to facilitate safe access to the stations at Hertford North, Watton and Knebworth for cyclists. Hertfordshire has many wide roads which are well suited tothe provision of parallel safe, segregated cycleways."