Road Maintenance and Repairs

We need our Hertfordshire roads to be well-maintained. Our local roads are important for small business and local residents. 

One issue raised with me by Hertfordshire County Council is reinstatement after unsatisfactory road repair work by utility companies and statutory undertakers. I have received numerous complaints of roadworks going on too long and of repairs of an unacceptably low standard.

I am campaigning for local authorities to have more powers to ensure that works are completed promptly and to a good standard. I am also calling for Councils to have the authority to enforce so that utilities and statutory undertakers redo unsatisfactory work within a week.

See my campaign below:

4 March 2015 – I received a letter in reply from the Transport Minister outlining the Government’s position on road reinstatement. It is attached below.

10 March 2015 – I received a response from the Transport Minister to a series of Written Parliamentary Questions I asked about the powers of local Councils to enforce satisfactory road repair work.

11 June 2015 – I received a response from the Transport Minister to a Written Parliamentary Question on the levels of support given by central Government to local highway authorities to maintain local roads.

25th January - Here is a link to my latest blog post on the ongoing improvements to local roads, and a reduction in the number of potholes across Hertfordshire.

1 February 2016 - I am glad that the Government is responding to my campaign with proposals to impose fines on slow roadworks and improve traffic flow. See my press release here.

My campaign on the A507 is related to this issue.

March 2017 - I received the following note from Mark Reeve, Chairman of Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP):

Thank you for your email. With regard to the points you have raised, I can confirm the A10 Cycle Project was discussed at GCGP LEP’s Board in December 2016, and a decision was taken to work with local stakeholders to explore funding mechanisms, including contributions from the private sector businesses that would benefit from the cycle link.  This was also included in the Cambridge and Cambridgeshire Transport Strategy with the Greater Cambridge City Deal being the most likely funder.

April 2017 - I am continuing to support the A507 campaign. I am glad that the feasibility study of A505 safety is now underway and that signage has improved and bushes trimmed back to improve sight lines.

May 2018 - I am taking up a number of concerns about potholes and have recently asked Highways for a full assessment of the situation in the constituency.

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Watton-at-Stone
 

March 2015 - Find information about my roads campaign in Watton-at-Stone here.

January 2016 - Since my visit to the site last year, the Integrated Transport Projects Team has undertaken a feasibility study into the issues related to the provision of parking and pedestrian accessibility on Station Road and the High Street, which was followed by a public consultation.

Following a positive public response, a Consultation Summary Report is being prepared, which will formalise recommendations for design development.

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Royston High Street

After meetings with Royston WI, Herts Highways, and local County Councillors Fiona Hill and Tony Hunter, Sir Oliver has been pressing for work to improve the road surface. Below is the reply from Cllr Terry Douris, explaining the short- and medium-term measures that will be taken. 

June 2016 - I have received news that funding for the resurfacing of the High Street has been approved for this financial year.

May 2018 - Royston High Street has now been resurfaced, although I am raising some issues about the detail of the work.

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Bygrave

April 2019 - I made representations about pot-holes in Bygrave and I am pleased to see that the work to repair them has been done.

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A safer A505

July 2019 - I am pressing the Herts County Council Highways team to bring forward their proposals for the A505 as a matter of urgency, and have told them I would campaign for any necessary funding bid to Government. I have asked for an urgent briefing on progress with their timetable for action. I am also asking the County Council for a public information campaign to highlight the need to drive with care on the A505.

I continue to be approached by concerned constituents about the safety of the A505. A further accident occurred last week. I have campaigned with councillors and local residents for improvements to the road over many years and pay tribute to the way the Royston Crow has highlighted this important issue for our area.

The Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) survey of the A505 was started following pressure from me, Tony Hunter and Co Councillor Fiona Hill. About 2 years ago, there had been accidents at Slip End and Odsey and we brought the full Herts Highways team and the HCC Portfolio Holder Co Cllr Terry Douris out to walk the road where we pointed out dangers and accident sites. The resulting survey was completed about a year ago and since then the County Highways team have been working up a set of options, for example, modelling the effects of closing a particular junction, reducing a speed limit in a particular stretch or all the road, looking at the effect of roundabouts in particular positions on traffic behaviour and other road safety considerations.

The time has come for proposals to be brought forward and I will happily argue the case for any bid for Government funding. I am pressing for an urgent briefing on the timetable for action and asking for a public information campaign to highlight the message to drive carefully on this road.

Over the years my pleas together with councillors and residents have led to some improvements, but more is needed as recent accidents have shown. My campaign for a roundabout at Odsey led to the introduction of the Westbound speed cameras about 10 years ago. The vegetation is more severely pruned and cut back after we took up the issue of sight-lines at cuts and junctions. Signage has been improved, including the No Right Turn and No Entry signs as you exit the Ashwell turn, to try to stop people turning into the Eastbound lane when they intend to turn right into the Westbound lane. Co Cllr Fiona Hill has pressed tirelessly on this and since he was elected, Steve Jarvis has made common cause on these issues.

You can be sure we will continue to press the case.

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22 October - NE Herts MP Oliver Heald attended a promised briefing with Herts Highways about the A505 survey and their proposals. County Councillors Fiona Hill and Steve Jarvis also came.

Every junction from Royston to Hitchin has been surveyed and different options examined. This included looking at roundabout options for Odsey and Slip End and other options such as No Right Turn from side roads and a remodelling of entry and exit lanes and where u-turns are allowed. 

Works have already remodelled the lane outside McDonalds at Royston end and works to remodel the Litlington Junction are planned for next year. The preferred option for Odsey is a No Right Turn from the side road and a better u-turn facility further up towards Royston with slip lane. Funding is being sought.

There is continuing concern that despite new No Entry signage prompted by earlier campaigns by Oliver and councillors, there is still a problem with some motorists turning right into eastbound A505 traffic at Station Road, Odsey. The Herts Highways is undertaking urgent inquiries to try to ascertain from motorists why they made this dangerous mistake and to rectify it.

Oliver has always said that there are motorists who simply drive too fast on the A505 and Herts Highways have promised to undertake speed surveys to see if a lower speed limit could help in the part of the road from Slip End to Odsey. Oliver also pressed for a public information campaign to make drivers more speed aware.

Commenting Oliver said:  “This was a constructive meeting and Herts Highways have obviously put in a huge amount of work looking in detail at each junction and how to improve safety. I have always seen Odsey as key for improvement and I am glad they have produced plans to remodel the junction with No Right Turn from the side road and to investigate why people turn into the wrong carriageway creating a huge danger. I have previously campaigned for a roundabout, but apparently experts think this could create its own dangers as the vast number of journeys are on the main A505 carriageway. I will continue to press for action at Odsey an

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