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Work to begin on A120 Little Hadham bypass after Government confirms £27.4m funding

Traffic on the A120 at Little Hadham. (10985979)
Traffic on the A120 at Little Hadham. (10985979)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved £27.4m funding for the new £40m Little Hadham bypass so construction can begin in June.

The new 2.4-mile (3.9km) single-carriageway road to the north of the village is expected to shave an hour a week off journeys for motorists by cutting out the notorious traffic lights in the middle of the village.

Roads minister Jesse Norman confirmed the DfT will provide three-quarters of the total funding for the route between Bishop's Stortford and the A10.

He said: "Investment in local roads cuts travel time, boosts business and can improve air quality by cutting congestion. This new bypass will significantly benefit road users and residents in and around Little Hadham as well as across Hertfordshire."

Mark Kemp, director of environment and infrastructure at local highways authority Hertfordshire County Council, said: "The A120 is a vital transport link in the county, so this is a hugely positive step as it's important that investment is made to improve it.

"The bypass and flood alleviation scheme will help to support the growth we're expecting in Hertfordshire over the next decade or so while improving quality of life in the Little Hadham area."

Adam Wood, head of infrastructure and regeneration for the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "It is vital when we are faced with such unprecedented growth that we put in the right infrastructure now to support our places, people and businesses."

The county council and the Environment Agency have worked in partnership to develop the A120 scheme. New road embankments along the River Ash and Albury tributary will act as flood defences for 72 homes.

Planning permission for the bypass along the boundary of Albury parish – including roundabout junctions, bridges, embankments, verges, landscaping and associated engineering over an area of 100 acres (40.5 hectares) – was granted in January 2017.

It is scheduled to open in autumn 2020.

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