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A120 Bishop's Stortford bypass to close despite Rye Street works

Part of the A120 bypass around Bishop's Stortford will be shut for much of Saturday (August 17) – despite the ongoing closure of Rye Street.

It will be shut between the Tesco and Stansted Road roundabouts from 10pm on Friday until 3pm on Saturday so that "remedial surface dressing works" can be carried out. In recent hot spells, the surface on that stretch of the bypass has started melting.

The closure clash will force motorists to find alternatives to TWO of the town's main roads.

When the Indie challenged highways authority Herts County Council about it, a spokesman responded that the official diversion route for the Rye Street works was via Stansted Road – including pollution hotspot the Hockerill crossroads, which East Herts Council has designated as an Air Quality Management Area.

The official diversion route for the bypass closure is via Hadham Road, Hockerill and then Stansted Road or Dunmow Road.

The Rye Street road works, which began on July 22 and are set to finish on August 26, are for traffic-calming, footpath and pedestrian crossing measures associated with the new housing estate at St Michael's Hurst.

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