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Flood alleviation works to shut The Ford at Little Hadham

The Ford at Little Hadham is to be closed from Thursday (July 9) for long-awaited flood alleviation works.

The road will be closed to all vehicles until September 1 while contractors excavate a new culvert for the diverted Lloyd Taylor Drain as part of the £30m A120 bypass project.

Along with a series of embankments along the River Ash and Albury tributary, the defences will protect 72 properties in the village, which was flooded in February 2014, wrecking homes and businesses.

A120 diversion route (37627835)
A120 diversion route (37627835)

Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency are working in partnership on the bypass. Most of the funding – £27.4m – is coming from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) while the EA is contributing towards the flood alleviation.

Planning permission for the project, which aims to ease traffic congestion at The Ash traffic lights in Little Hadham, was granted in January 2017. Construction, which began in July 2019, is set for completion in summer 2021.

Residents affected by The Ford closure have been told the work is being started five days early to try to ensure it is completed before the start of the new school term in September.

A120 bypass plans (37627830)
A120 bypass plans (37627830)

The road will be shut south of its junction with The Smithy. Access will be maintained for residents, visitors and deliveries. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the footpath.

Once complete, the new northern bypass will skirt the boundary of Albury parish. The single-carriageway road covers 100 acres (40.5 hectares). New roundabouts will link the bypass to the existing A120 – between Hadham Park and Hadham Lodge at Bishop's Stortford in the east and between The Ash and Albury End Road junction in the west.

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