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									Hertfordshire Highways
LEA VALLEY & EASTERN HERTS AREA PLANS
JOINT MEMBER PANEL UPDATE
APRIL 2008


1.0 HERTFORD

1.1 Town Centre to Stations Pedestrian Study
The completed study considered the pedestrian routes between the town centre and the two
stations at Hertford North & East. A number of recommendations were made which are listed
below, with more detail given on a crossing point outside Hertford East station.

Two main options were considered for crossing improvements outside Hertford East station. A
third option being to do nothing.

1) Improve Existing Crossing Facility just north of the Mill Road / Railway Street roundabout:
Improvement works would include:
    Widening the existing island to aid pedestrians to wait safely
    Install tactile paving to current DfT standards
    Provide footway buildouts on either side of the carriageway

Advantages of this option are slower vehicle speeds, pedestrian safety improvements, reduced
pedestrian crossing distances, keeping the crossing point nearer the desire line and minimal
street clutter. The main disadvantage is the reduced carriageway width, particularly for HGV’s.

2) Zebra Crossing off desire line:
A zebra crossing could be provided to the north of the pedestrian entrance to the station. The
crossing would be away from the desire line so utilisation could be potentially low. It is not
possible to install a zebra crossing any closer to the Mill Road / Railway Street roundabout.

Advantages of this option are safe location, reduced crossing distance (the road would be
narrowed slightly) and vulnerable road users would feel more confident crossing Mill Road.
Disadvantages are utilisation could be poor, reduced carriageway width for HGV’s and street
clutter outside a grade 2 listed building.

The feasility study recommended option one. The main reason for this being that the crossing
point remains nearer to the desire line than the zebra crossing.

The feasibility study also recommended the following:
    Provide a central refuge across Cedar Close at its junction with North Road to assist
      pedestrians
      Provide dropped kerbs including tactile paving at Cedar Close at its junction with North
       Road and at three locations along Railway Street.
      Improve fingerpost directional signage at 8 locations between the town centre and
       stations.

Unfortunately, funding for this scheme will not be available in 2008-2009. The scheme will be
put forward for funding again in 2009-2010 and other sources of funding explored.


1.2 Bengeo Traffic Study

1.2.1 BACKGROUND:
A feasibility study was completed in January 2007, considering various different options to
alleviate the Bengeo rat run. The study also contained the results of survey work carried out
throughout Bengeo. The investigations and survey results formed the basis of the
recommendation.

1.2.2 RECOMMENDATION:
Carry out a six month trial on access and parking restrictions in Bengeo as follows:
    No right turn from Bengeo Street into Cross Road between 7.30 and 9.30am, Mondays
       to Fridays
    Allow one way traffic only in Tower Street, in a direction from Duncombe Road
       (eastbound)
    Parking restrictions on the eastern side of Byde Street, between Wellington Street and
       Fanshawe Street, and on both sides of Balfour Street, between Port Vale and Archers
       Close. These would be between 8 – 9am, Mondays to Fridays to fit in with journeys to
       Millmead School, allowing unimpeded access to walk to school.

The trial started on Monday 28 January 2008.

1.2.3 POLICE ENFORCEMENT:
The issue of Police enforcement was raised at an early stage during the feasibility study. Local
members, representation from the Lower Bengeo Residents Association and the Highways
Officer met with the Police to discuss the issue of the enforcement of the no right turn. The
Police confirmed that they could offer regular enforcement of the restriction over the trial
period.

1.2.4 MONITORING
The feasibility also outlines what data will be collected during the trial period. This will be
measured against data that has been collected previously before the trial started.

      Vehicle Counts – Has the amount of through traffic reduced in Lower Bengeo as a
       result of the scheme being implemented? The following would be monitored:

          Right Turn movements from Bengeo Street into Cross Road
          U-turn movements in Bengeo Street
          Movements to the to east of Bengeo Street to avoid the no right turn
          Vehicle counts in The Wick, The Avenue & Sacombe Road
          Vehicle speed counts
           Traffic impact on Bengeo Street
           Rat running levels through Lower Bengeo
           Recorded accidents over the experimental period

      Public Perception – Written correspondence received during the experimental period,
       both positive and negative, as well as the amount of objections to the traffic regulation
       order received, would be monitored as a guide to public perception to the scheme.

      Journeys to School – Are sustainable journeys to local schools, particularly Mill Mead
       primary school increasing?

1.2.5 MEASURING THE IMPACT
On the assumption that there is a high level of Police enforcement on the no right turn a
reduction of 20% rat running through Lower Bengeo would be expected.

1.2.6 DATA COLLECTION SO FAR
Most of the data collection will take place during late April / May to give the opportunity for the
trial to ‘bed in.’ The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) survey will be taking place
week commencing 21 April 2008. Other counts will also be taking place as outlined in section
1.2.4. A full breakdown of data collected will be given at the July JMP together with
recommendations in relation to the trial.

However, some information has already been collected and is summarised below:

1.2.7 NO RIGHT TURN INTO CROSS ROAD FROM BENGEO STREET

Number of vehicles illegally turning right into Cross Road from Bengeo Street:

           CROSS ROAD:       Wed 30 January       Thu 14 February      Wed 16 April
           7:30 – 8:00       86                   -                    13
           8:00 – 8:30       67                   -                    6
           8:30 – 9:00       51                   25                   -
           9:00 – 9:30       58                   24                   -

Vehicles turning right into The Avenue were also measured at the same times as the counts
that were carried out on Wednesday 16 April.

Number of vehicles turning right into The Avenue from Bengeo Street:

           THE AVENUE:       Wed 16 April
           7:30 – 8:00       65
           8:00 – 8:30       73

1.2.8 PENALTY TICKETS ISSUED
The latest information provided by the Police on tickets issued for the illegal no right turn are
as follows:

           Date        No. of penalty tickets
                       issued
        29 January     8
        28 February    21
        03 March       31
        04 March       20

Further tickets have been issued since, a verbal update will be given at the meeting.

1.2.9 PUBLIC PERCEPTION
At the time of writing the Council had received 13 telephone calls or emails in relation to the
trial. Most of the comments received initially were in relation to enforcement of the ‘no right
turn.’ More recently comments have been made about an increase in vehicles using The
Avenue with a higher enforcement level in Cross Road. 1 objection has been received in
writing to the traffic regulation order.

Articles in the press have also followed a similar pattern with initial complaints over
enforcement followed more recently by complaints of increased traffic along The Avenue.

1.2.10 MILLMEAD SCHOOL
As part of the scheme the highway authority has been working with Millmead School to
increase walking to school. The part time parking restrictions in Balfour Street and Byde Street
were installed to support the lollibus (walking bus with lollipop person) from Westfield Road. A
second lollibus started on 12 March from Sele Farm to the school. Cycle and scooter shelters
have also been installed at the school. Details of numbers using the lollibus will be provided at
the JMP.

1.2.11 SUMMARY TO DATE
    The number of vehicles illegally turning into Cross Road has reduced since the start of
       the trial.
    Complaints have been received that vehicles are still rat running by taking a route down
       The Avenue instead.
    The extent of the rat running issue can be objectively measured once the ANPR survey
       has taken place wc. 21 April 2008.
    Full analysis on the data collected will be provided in the July JMP report, together with
       a recommendation on a way forward.

1.3 Hertford Urban Transport Plan
Funding has been provisionally allocated for the above to be completed in 2009-10. This will
be confirmed in March 2009. This document will consider the transport needs for Hertford and
provide guide the development of schemes over the coming years.

2.0 WARE

2.1 Wulfrath Way & Quincey Road Traffic Calming
Funding has been allocated to consider physical traffic calming features along these roads to
reduce speeds. Any such features will have to be bus friendly. Before any works take place
local residents will be surveyed early in the year to ascertain the level of support for such a
scheme.

2.2 Tower Road
Design work is nearing completion on improving the crossing point outside Tower School.
Works will also include highlighting to drivers the presence of children by implementing a
‘school safety zone.’ The pedestrian entrance to the school will also be relocated nearer to the
crossing point to further encourage use.

Funding for the scheme has been confirmed. It is planned for the works to take place in the
school summer holidays so as to minimise disruption.

2.3 Station Road
A small enhancement scheme to improve the entrance and access to the station has been
finalised. This includes a formalised taxi rank, landscaping, seating and a general tidy up of the
area.

Negotiations are ongoing with Taylor Wimpey (housing developer) and Network Rail over
taking some of their land into the highway so that the scheme can progress. To speed up the
process both parties have agreed that the County Council being appointed as their legal
representative which also reduces cost. It is anticipated that all the legal paperwork will be
completed by the Summer.

Works will be programmed for later in the year.

2.4 Ware Urban Transport Plan
Funding has been provisionally allocated for the above to be completed in 2009-10. This will
be confirmed in March 2009. This document will consider the transport needs for Ware and
provide guide the development of schemes over the coming years.


3.0 BISHOPS STORTFORD

3.1 Villiers-sur-Marne Avenue and Friedberg Avenue Pedestrian Study
New footway works along Villiers-sur-Marne Avenue to improve accessibility to the Thorley
Centre will be nearing completion by the end of April 2008.

Phase 2 works in the area have now had their funding confirmed. Design work is nearing
completion and it is planned for the works to commence in early Summer 2008. Works include:

      A pelican crossing to be installed on Villiers-sur-Marne Avenue by the Thorley Centre at
       the existing bus stop location. Bus lay-by to be infilled and moved further down the
       road.
      An informal crossing point on Friedberg Avenue and a new footway built to link the
       crossing point with the side access path to the Thorley Centre.


3.2 Dunmow Road & Haymeads Lane junction
See separate report.

3.3 Thorn Grove Cycle Link
All works were completed in the last quarter of 2007-2008.

3.4 Bishops Stortford signage
Funding has been confirmed to complete the design and delivery of this project. It’s primary
focus is to improve signing for traffic travelling east-west so that the town centre is not further
congested.

								
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