Hertfordshire County Council has given notice of several road closures in Little Hadham and surrounding areas.
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Response from Highways on questions asked at the May Parish Council meeting
Q. Highways representative confirmed he would speak to Network management who are responsible for the diversion signage and Ringway. To find out what is going to be done going forward in regard to clarity of the diversion sign routes and their removal.
A. Having spoken to Network Management, it is confirmed signage is the responsibility of the works promoter and contractor of which signage should be compliant with the Safety at Street works and Road works code of practise and TSRGD. In this instance of the A120 LH bypass closure, this was a HCC scheme being delivered by the contractor GRAHAMS. Feedback was received relating to the signage which has been have referred to the contractor to inform future works. Where planned roadworks are concerned for the future, it is intended that advanced warning signs and residents letters will be issued 2 weeks prior to works commencing. There is also a wider piece of work being looked at around trying to improve communication where roadworks are concerned so your feedback from the Parish Council was appreciated and has been fed back into the wider project team. On the subject of keeping informed of roadworks in the area, a website which can prove to be useful for identifying all planned roadworks and closures, is the one.network webpage. Please see this link for further details: https://one.network/
Q. To speak to Network management team and get them to come along to a meeting for further discussions.
A. Unfortunately, and as expected, this is something that is unlikely. Network Management don’t have the capacity to attend meetings such as this. Also attending such meetings sets a precedence and expectancy to attend other meetings like this within the rest of the district. This wouldn’t be practical nor achievable.
Q. What is the timeframe for the A120 and slowing traffic down. Can you take forward the SIDS to be moved. Gobi confirmed he would get back on the timeframe.
A. We normally look at monitoring the impact of a scheme after a year or so. This allows us to see the changes in driver behaviour etc throughout the seasonal changes you get in traffic (summer holidays, Easter, Christmas, and other events that can affect traffic flows). In order to further slow traffic down, I would in the first instance suggest a speed and volume survey be carried out in strategic locations before any suggestions of traffic calming measures. Instructing S&V surveys to be carried out can take a few months to be scheduled in and then the survey data needs reviewing. However, should the data reveal any issues, proposals could be drawn up. If approved, It may take up to year or longer for any construction/installation to take place, depending on the nature of the scheme. As always this is also dependent on funding and which funding stream is used. I’ll need to investigate further about how SIDS can be re-sited. Although the proposed new locations of the SIDS will need to be checked to see if it’s practical.
Q. Highways quarterly meetings being reinstated
A. Next meeting is scheduled for 29th September.
Q. Traffic survey of speed and volume data – Gobi assured he will look to see if the survey has been carried out, and if not, when.
A. I have made enquiries regarding whether or not any Speed and Volume Data Surveys were carried out, and it would seem that were no requests or requirements for this to be carried out following the completion of the by-pass works. There were some junction counts carried out around April but nothing more. I’ll need make some further enquiries with my colleague Andrew Freeman as to what the next steps are about this. I do know that some ad-hoc speed and volume surveys can possibly be funded through the Highways Locality Budget which the Council Member for the area will have (subject to available funds left). So this may be something that could be pursued if nothing is planned as part of the post-bypass works. The timeframe for this is as explained in action point 3.
Q. Possible raised pedestrian crossing at the Smithy across the road.
A. The Highways team are looking into this as part of future proposals for any Phase 2 works. This is one feature I feel is achievable for improving the accessibility and connectivity to one of the main footpaths through the village.
Q. Narrow road past the war memorial, causing a hazard to allowing vision around the bend.
A. This is something we’ll take into consideration when coming up with the full design proposals as part of any Phase 2 works. If, however, we have no plans to make any changes to this section under the post-bypass works, it might be worth exploring potential measures through the Highways Locality Budget.