Open letter calls on Government to tackle congestion

Open letter calls on Government to tackle congestion

Open letter calls on Government to tackle congestion

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Businesses have called on the Government to tackle congestion on a busy road in an open letter.

The letter, to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, calls for a share of £15bn of government funding to fund improvements to the A1(M).

Signatories include Elstree Studios, the University of Hertfordshire, Rexel UK and Morrison Utility Group, who are calling for a share of £15bn of government funding to pay for improvements to the road.

Roger Morris, managing director of Elstree Studios, said: “Borehamwood sees significant congestion into and out of London towards the M25. This makes it hard for local residents to look further afield for work and to keep bringing talent into Hertfordshire.

“By securing this investment in the A1(M), we can ensure that Borehamwood can continue to thrive and help unlock growth across Hertfordshire as a whole.”

The A1(M), which runs from the M25 near Borehamwood, currently experiences severe congestion, which raises journey times and casualty rates.

The open letter is led by the Hertfordshire A1 Corridor Consortium, an alliance of businesses and political representatives calling for improvements.

As a first step, the consortium is calling for immediate upgrades to the stretch between junctions 6 and 8, which links Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage, although longer term investment is required to relieve congestion all the way through junctions 1 to 9. 

One member, Andrew Percival, said: “The range of businesses from across Hertfordshire’s sectors showing support for these A1(M) upgrades demonstrates the county’s real economic potential.

“The voice of Hertfordshire’s businesses is at the heart of our campaign and this letter will have weight with the Secretary of State."

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8:42pm Sat 28 Jun 14

John_W says...

Just curious, what improvements do they have in mind?
Just curious, what improvements do they have in mind? John_W
  • Score: 3

9:54pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Suzy-Sue says...

Is it just me? not sure quite what area of the A1 this complaint is referring? But where is this consortium? I've never heard of it and they've never attended the Elstree and Borehamwood Transport forum or been in the local paper about any such matters as far as i know?

I'm all for improvements but am not aware of the A1 being too much of a problem going north or south until Stirling Corner which IMHO is where local problems really start. And 'Making Stirling Corner Safer' is a campaign mainly run by Andrew Dismore AM, Cllr Clive Butchins and myself currently and is currently with TFL waiting for their report and conclusions.

I look forward to being enlightened. But also it would be nice if this consortium and it's members showed up at the Transport forum - assuming its a local A1 issue. If its further a field then maybe we don't cover it and its not something of which i'd have knowledge.

And as John W says - what improvements do they have in mind? Personally all will be solved if we can build multi layered/laned road systems or invent the flying car!
Is it just me? not sure quite what area of the A1 this complaint is referring? But where is this consortium? I've never heard of it and they've never attended the Elstree and Borehamwood Transport forum or been in the local paper about any such matters as far as i know? I'm all for improvements but am not aware of the A1 being too much of a problem going north or south until Stirling Corner which IMHO is where local problems really start. And 'Making Stirling Corner Safer' is a campaign mainly run by Andrew Dismore AM, Cllr Clive Butchins and myself currently and is currently with TFL waiting for their report and conclusions. I look forward to being enlightened. But also it would be nice if this consortium and it's members showed up at the Transport forum - assuming its a local A1 issue. If its further a field then maybe we don't cover it and its not something of which i'd have knowledge. And as John W says - what improvements do they have in mind? Personally all will be solved if we can build multi layered/laned road systems or invent the flying car! Suzy-Sue
  • Score: 1

7:42am Mon 30 Jun 14

TFEB says...

Ideally the A1M would start at Apex Corner with new links to the M1. There could be a full flyover at Stirling Corner to separate the local and trunk traffic.

Full time traffic lights at Stirling Corner may solve some local peoples issues but will only cause congestion for A1 users who are the majority on this roundabout.

I do not think the money for a full system will be found and some fudge will be implemented.
Ideally the A1M would start at Apex Corner with new links to the M1. There could be a full flyover at Stirling Corner to separate the local and trunk traffic. Full time traffic lights at Stirling Corner may solve some local peoples issues but will only cause congestion for A1 users who are the majority on this roundabout. I do not think the money for a full system will be found and some fudge will be implemented. TFEB
  • Score: 1

11:52pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mill-Hill-Boy says...

I have not seen the plans. It would be good to have a section on this website dedicated to transport, infrastructure and property where letters like this are published and minutes from local council meetings are published. As a fairly large employer in Borehamwood and local resident that lives in the area I would say that it is critical to push transport, infrastructure and housing to the top of the local agenda alongside healthcare and education. We need to make it easy for both residents and business people to get in and out of London easily and not depend on one train line and roundabout to get in and out of the town (especially due to the importance of the location - right at the end of the A1 and close to other major roads). Extending the Jubilee and Northern Lines to the borough should not be ruled out in the long term giving people more options to get in and out of town and travel to other places in Hertfordshire. Clearly the issue is not only getting in and out of London but also going East and West within the home counties. The other issue is parking next to the train station - it is literally impossible to park in the car park after a certain hour. Other boroughs and towns (both in the home counties and nationally) are successfully lobbying the government and business communities to invest in new train lines and make massive improvements to roads including tunneling and flyovers. Its very easy to see how it could work and help places like Stirling Roundabout, Five Ways Corner and Apex Corner. In the long term the benefits will outweigh the costs with improved safety, shorter journey times, less pollution (due to less congestion), improved productivity, speeding up emergency services and much better prospects for our children and future generations. Its worth commissioning feasibility studies to see what impact these sort of plans would make by consulting the local communities.
I have not seen the plans. It would be good to have a section on this website dedicated to transport, infrastructure and property where letters like this are published and minutes from local council meetings are published. As a fairly large employer in Borehamwood and local resident that lives in the area I would say that it is critical to push transport, infrastructure and housing to the top of the local agenda alongside healthcare and education. We need to make it easy for both residents and business people to get in and out of London easily and not depend on one train line and roundabout to get in and out of the town (especially due to the importance of the location - right at the end of the A1 and close to other major roads). Extending the Jubilee and Northern Lines to the borough should not be ruled out in the long term giving people more options to get in and out of town and travel to other places in Hertfordshire. Clearly the issue is not only getting in and out of London but also going East and West within the home counties. The other issue is parking next to the train station - it is literally impossible to park in the car park after a certain hour. Other boroughs and towns (both in the home counties and nationally) are successfully lobbying the government and business communities to invest in new train lines and make massive improvements to roads including tunneling and flyovers. Its very easy to see how it could work and help places like Stirling Roundabout, Five Ways Corner and Apex Corner. In the long term the benefits will outweigh the costs with improved safety, shorter journey times, less pollution (due to less congestion), improved productivity, speeding up emergency services and much better prospects for our children and future generations. Its worth commissioning feasibility studies to see what impact these sort of plans would make by consulting the local communities. Mill-Hill-Boy
  • Score: 2

11:09am Fri 4 Jul 14

EBRA2013 says...

They seriously need to improve the entry and exit slip roads at the Rowley Lane junction , they are way too short and there are no count down markers on the exit slip roads on either side. Multi-vehicle accidents mainly happen on the northbound section just after the exit slip road. The knock on affect is traffic all the way down to 5-ways corner and complete grid lock on other routes with 3-4 mile radius
They seriously need to improve the entry and exit slip roads at the Rowley Lane junction , they are way too short and there are no count down markers on the exit slip roads on either side. Multi-vehicle accidents mainly happen on the northbound section just after the exit slip road. The knock on affect is traffic all the way down to 5-ways corner and complete grid lock on other routes with 3-4 mile radius EBRA2013
  • Score: 0

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