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.



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.


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.



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.


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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