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Stortford motorists face renewed summer holiday misery with another Rye Street closure




Rye Street jcn Foxdells Lane, Bishops Stortford. Advance notice of road closure. Pic: Vikki Lince
Rye Street jcn Foxdells Lane, Bishops Stortford. Advance notice of road closure. Pic: Vikki Lince

Extra homes at the St Michael's Hurst estate mean a second successive summer of motoring misery for drivers in Bishop's Stortford.

Rye Street will be closed for SIX WEEKS from Monday (July 23) until September 3, repeating the delays faced on the same three-quarter mile stretch of the B1004 between Lindsey Road and Michaels Road last summer.

Highways authority Herts County Council, which authorised the work, said: “Affinity Water has requested a road closure to facilitate water mains reinforcement works on its utility infrastructure, associated with the Countryside Properties development on Hazelend Road.

“The road will be closed to traffic from the junction of Lindsey Road north to its junction with Michaels Road while these works are under way. However, access for residents will be maintained at all times.

“During this time, Triconnex will be working with Affinity Water to lay a new upsized water mains to the development as a result of a change to housing density of the site by the developer.”

Earlier this year Countryside confirmed plans for at least a further 150 homes at the site with a revised planning application to East Herts Council for phase C of the St Michaels Hurst development which could take the total number of homes to 479. Originally the plan was for 110 properties in phase C; the proposal now is for 260 plus a 66-bedroom care home.

Countryside argued the increase in the number of homes will facilitate better use of available land to provide much-needed affordable homes for the local community.

Phase A – currently under construction – and phase B of the development will provide 219 new homes, including 25% affordable housing.

A spokesman for Countryside said: “Works will start from the junction of Lindsey Road staggered towards Hazelend Road. This will mean some side roads will also be affected, but the works will be carried out using a co-ordinated approach to traffic management, ensuring access will be maintained at all times for local residents. Every effort will be made to minimise any potential disruption caused.

“Essential works need to be carried out to the water mains supply to upgrade the system to meet the required network capacity and facilitate future phases of the new St Michael’s Hurst housing development.”

Warning signs have been installed and letters will be posted to local residents to keep them informed.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (July 18-20), between 10pm and 5am, the A120 bypass will be closed for ‘aftercare’ works.

Until Thursday (July 19), Openreach will be replacing a pole in London Road and temporary traffic lights will be in operation. Signals are expected to cause delays in Apton Road on Wednesday and Thursday (July 18-19) as Openreach installs a new duct.



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