Interserve selected to deliver final improvements on A602 road in UK

WCN Editorial Team 17 Apr 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Interserve Construction has been appointed by Hertfordshire County Council to deliver the final phase of key improvements to the A602 road, between Tonwell and Watton-at-Stone, in the UK.

Recently, environmental works have been carried out along parts of the route which included ecological work and the removal of vegetation to prepare for the construction to begin this summer.

The project is funded by Local Growth Fund investment of £18.49m from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and an additional £5.16m from Hertfordshire County Council.

The work on the road will include enlarging and improving the Watton-at-Stone roundabout where the A602 meets the A119, realigning the A602 road between Heath Mount School and Stony Hill junction to smooth out tight bends.

It will also include the redesigning of the junctions to reduce delays from traffic turning right and also to plant new trees and hedges to improve wildlife habitats along the route.

Hertfordshire council also stated that it will apply for further planning permission to include a cycle path to run alongside a section of the road to connect popular cycle routes in the area.

The council has also secured the land needed to construct the new alignment.

Highways and Environment Cabinet Member Phil Bibby said: “The A602 is a key route between the A1(M) and the A10, as well as an important road for local traffic, so the improvements we’re planning will make a real difference. The tight bends and traffic turning right both cause delays and fixing these problems will help traffic flow more freely and safely.

“With around 100,000 new homes expected in Hertfordshire by 2031, we’re expecting an increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, so it’s vital that we invest in key schemes to improve the road network and keep Hertfordshire moving as the population grows.”

Improvements at other sections of A602 have already begun, including the Hertford Road junction in Stevenage and the Anchor Lane roundabout and A10 junction near Ware.

Hertfordshire LEP infrastructure & regeneration head Adam Wood said: “Our £18.49m investment towards the improvement of the A602 is facilitating vital work needed to improve the safety and reliability of this persistently busy section of Hertfordshire’s highway network.

“The work taking place will help improve journey times for road users and the resilience of the route to increased traffic flows as Hertfordshire’s population increases and its economy grows.”

Interserve highways director Wayne Howell said: “We are delighted to have secured this highways contract and look forward to working closely with the Council and community to deliver this important infrastructure project.”

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Stevenage Road A602 The southern gateway to Hitchin from the A1(M). (Credit: Wikipedia.org/Chris Wheatley)

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