Construction of the A120 Little Hadham bypass and flood alleviation scheme officially started on 23 July 2019
Representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Local Enterprise Partnership, Environment Agency, Department for Transport and East Herts Council gathered at the site to celebrate the start of works, which are being carried out by Graham.
The new 3.9km bypass, to the north of Little Hadham, will alleviate congestion along the route caused by the Little Hadham traffic lights, and provide more reliable journey times. As part of the scheme, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities.
The scheme will improve air quality, and also benefit the county’s economy, with quicker transport links to Stansted Airport among the long-term advantages for Hertfordshire.
The works are expected to take around 18 months with the new bypass opening to traffic at the end of 2020.
Jonathan Kerr, Graham contracts director, said: “We’re very pleased to be officially starting work on the new A120 Bypass (Little Hadham bypass) and flood alleviation scheme. This is a scheme our team is proud to be delivering, and we recognise the importance it will have for residents and the local community once complete, providing faster journey times, and also reducing flood risk in the area.
“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with Hertfordshire County Council, the Environment Agency, their stakeholders and the local community throughout this vital highway project for the village of Little Hadham and the wider area.”
Phil Bibby, cabinet member for Highways and Environment, said: “It’s great news that works are getting under way on this long-awaited scheme. The A120 is a vital link in Hertfordshire, connecting the A10 to Stansted Airport, and it’s important that we invest in improving the route. The Little Hadham Bypass will help support the growth we’re expecting in the county while improving quality of life in the village.
“With around 100,000 new homes expected in Hertfordshire by 2031, it’s vital that we invest in key schemes to improve the road network to keep the county moving and our economy thriving as the population grows.”