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Little Hadham bypass: Contractors relocate Roman snails as part of £40m A120 project

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More than 500 snails have been relocated as part of work for the £40m A120 Little Hadham bypass.

Hertfordshire County Council is working in partnership with the Environment Agency and contractors GRAHAM to build a single-carriageway bypass running to the north of the village between two new roundabouts, Tile Kiln and Hadham Park in Bishop's Stortford.

The scheme, which is due for completion next year, also includes measures to manage flooding from the River Ash, the Albury Tributary and Lloyd Taylor Drain, protecting homes in Little Hadham.

New A120 bypass (18104726)
New A120 bypass (18104726)

So far contractors have moved about 20,000 cubic metres (700,000 cu ft) of topsoil and relocated over 500 Roman snails as well as installing piles in the ground which will stop water seeping under the new road.

Helix pomatia – commonly known as the Roman snail, Burgundy snail, edible snail or escargot – is a species of large, edible land snail.

Its conservation status is stable. However, in England, but not the rest of the UK, it is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it illegal to kill, injure, collect or sell them.

In coming weeks and months, as part of the bypass construction, roadworks and closures are scheduled at:

* A120 Standon Road (Tilekiln Farm) and A120 Hadham Road (Hadham Park) – with overnight temporary traffic lights to install site access points.

Roman snail (18105349)
Roman snail (18105349)

* The Ford – where temporary traffic lights will allow for the diversion of utility services and construction of a new culvert allowing water to flow underneath the road.

* Albury Road – where temporary traffic lights will operate while site access and vehicle crossing points are built between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.

* Upwick Green – where a full road closure from the junction of Albury Road for 400m will facilitate reconstruction works to the road, due to a change in levels required to stop flooding in future.

For the safety of pedestrians, all footpaths will close at the point they cross the construction site. Some will be permanently diverted over short distances to take people to safe crossing points of the new road.

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