Work begins on new network of pedestrian and cycle routes in Hemel Hempstead

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The works will include a reduction in the speed limit on Breakspear Way from 70mph to 50mph

Hertfordshire County Council will today (November 2) start work on its pedestrian and cycle route improvements on the A414 Breakspear Way in Hemel Hempstead.

The new Buncefield Lane Quietway and Breakspear Way Crossing is part funded by Hertfordshire County Council with an additional £686,000 Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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The Quietway will comprise a new network of cycling and walking routes that will run from the north-south route on Buncefield Lane, extending from Green Lane in the south to the Nickey Line in the north.

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Buncefield Crossing

The works will include:

*A new signal-controlled pedestrian and cycle crossing on the A414 between the petrol stations

*A reduction in the speed limit on Breakspear Way from 70mph to 50mph

*Bus stop relocation

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The Quietway

They form part of a wider programme of improvements, including pedestrian and cycle access to Herts IQ, the county’s Enterprise Zone, which is building a cluster of smart construction and green tech businesses.

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Phil Bibby, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “This new Quietway and crossing will help to safely connect people between their workplaces, homes and leisure. We are actively encouraging residents to live a more sustainable lifestyle including the ways in which they travel.

“As part of our Local Transport plan and sustainability strategy we are building infrastructure that gives residents and businesses healthier, safer and more sustainable options for travel.”

Cherie Norris, enterprise zone manager at Hertfordshire LEP said: “Herts IQ is working with partners to fast-track sustainable transport interventions in the Maylands area. This new Quietway will enable the green businesses located in Herts IQ to offer their employees a greater choice of sustainable travel options, and also contribute towards lowering their carbon footprint.”

The Quietway is due to be completed in spring 2021.

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