Major roadworks scheduled for St Albans thoroughfare starting on Bank Holiday Monday

PUBLISHED: 10:05 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 25 August 2018

Hatfield Road by Colney Heath Lane, St Albans. Picture: Google,

Hatfield Road by Colney Heath Lane, St Albans. Picture: Google,

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Herts County Council has announced major roadworks for Hatfield Road in St Albans.

The works will take place between Colney Heath Lane and Wynchlands Crescent from next week’s Bank Holiday Monday (August 27) to October 1, from 8am to 7pm on Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 3pm on Sundays.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place, which will be manually operated during peak times.

The works are being carried out to improve access to the college site as part of a new housing development on Hatfield Road and will include:

• A reshaped entrance to Oakland College with new tactile paving and drainage gullies.

• A new traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing across Hatfield Road.

• A new refuge island to provide a crossing point east of Colney Heath Lane.

• New road markings and traffic signs.

The council’s cabinet member for Highways Phil Bibby said: “It’s important developers make improvements to our transport network when they’re building new homes, as otherwise pressure on the road network will only increase.

“While these roadworks will inevitably cause some disruption, in the long term they’ll help keep traffic flowing on this busy road.”

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