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Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be allowed to use new A120 Little Hadham bypass ahead of motorists



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Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be allowed to travel along the new £35m A120 Little Hadham bypass before the road opens for drivers.

The unique event, organised by Hertfordshire County Council working with the parish council and village hall, will take place on Saturday December 11.

Cllr Phil Bibby, the county council's executive member for highways and transport, said: "I'm delighted the local community will have the opportunity to enjoy using the A120 bypass in this way before it's officially opened. I would personally like to thank them for their patience and support during the works.

New A120 bypass (53320440)
New A120 bypass (53320440)

"The bypass represents a major infrastructure project for Hertfordshire and is one that will benefit local residents and the county as a whole. I can't wait to drive along it myself."

The celebration will start at 11am when a group photo will be taken. Participants will have until 2pm to complete their activity. Everyone who takes part will be rewarded with a certificate.

There will also be a chance to learn about the scheme at the village hall, including information on the construction process and how wildlife and the environment were protected.

A120 bypass plans (53320456)
A120 bypass plans (53320456)

To complete the 2.4-mile (3.9km) northern route along the boundary of Albury parish, contractor GRAHAM was responsible for verges, roundabout junctions, bridges, embankments, landscaping and associated engineering over an area of 100 acres (40.5 hectares).

New roundabouts 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.

The county council worked with the Environment Agency to include flood alleviation measures. New road embankments across the River Ash and Albury Tributary valleys will act as flood defences to reduce flood risk to Little Hadham and nearby communities.

Darsha Gill, flood and coastal risk manager for Hertfordshire and North London, Environment Agency, said: "Residents of Little Hadham have frequently suffered from river flooding over the years. This is an opportunity to celebrate the successful delivery of this project that will bring relief to residents for many years to come.''

Albury Road ribbon cutting (53320469)
Albury Road ribbon cutting (53320469)

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership invested £8.26m from the Local Growth Fund and helped secure a further £27.4m from the Department of Transport as part of a wider funding package with the county council and the Environment Agency.

To register for tickets to walk, run or cycle the bypass see https://na.eventscloud.com/a120bypass.

The bypass can be accessed by a public footpath from Little Hadham. Parking can be booked when registering for a ticket (capacity for 200 cars on a first-come, first-served basis). All routes will be marshalled on the day. Refreshments will be available.

A120 bypass plans (53404345)
A120 bypass plans (53404345)


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