Get ready for a new and improved transport link between Hertfordshire and West Essex, providing a welcome boost to the region.
Plans for a new sustainable and futuristic transport network – the Hertfordshire-Essex Rapid Transit (HERT) – were revealed by Hertfordshire County Council in June. There will be a programme of ‘public engagement’ events this autumn, Herts County Council said, so that local communities, civic groups, businesses and other organisations can get involved in the process of deciding what is needed.
The HERT aims to improve the passenger transport network through an “accessible, reliable and affordable east-west system” that could completely transform travel in Herts and Essex. It will connect people to where they live, work, study and visit across both counties – and in a more environmentally friendly way that will help support the local economies.
Investment in this transport link is essential because the region is undergoing a great deal of economic and social change. Within the next 15 years Herts is working towards 100,000 new jobs and more than 100,000 new homes to meet local needs and, as a result, there will been an increased demand on schools, health, social care and the existing road and rail network.
It’s not yet decided whether the mode of transit will be bus, tram or train, but the designated route will run east-west along the A414 corridor between Hemel Hempstead and West Watford, with those routes joining just south of St Albans, then to Harlow in Essex and onwards to Stansted Airport. It’s expected that the HERT will provide greater convenience, reliability and frequency than a traditional bus service.
At TP Group, we’re excited that plans include the development of transport hubs, connecting planned cycling and walking routes to the HERT network. We agree that an integrated system will help to reduce congestion and pollution and improve the air quality for the residents of Hertfordshire and Essex.
As a Southeast based company, we’re committed to delivering great service across the Herts and Essex region and beyond, and will watch developments of the HERT project with interest. A new public transport system that can support the prosperous growth of our communities is to be welcomed.
More information about the HERT project is available at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/HERT
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