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Roadworks and lane closures - Batchwood Drive/Harpenden Road - St Albans

 

  Why are you laying a new water main?

At Affinity Water, we are committed to providing high quality water and helping to protect the environment for all generations.

You may have heard about our campaign ‘Save Our Streams’ which aims to help customers reduce their water use through free water saving devices, tailored advice and home water efficiency checks.

 

The challenges of climate change, increases in population and demand for water means that some of our globally rare habitats, such as chalk streams are under threat. Chalk streams have been described as England’s ‘Amazon’ and are rarer than coral reefs or Bengal Tigers. This means we must do all we can to protect them and leave more water in the natural environment.

 

We take water from deep below ground, which feeds into some chalk streams on the surface. The new water main, which represents an investment of £5.8 million, will allow us to move water around our supply area more efficiently. This means we will be able to keep more water in the ground to help your local chalk stream, the River Ver, whilst continuing to provide your community with a reliable and high-quality supply of water for many years to come.

 

How will it affect customers?

Road closures and diversion routes will be needed to complete the project.

We have identified domestic and commercial customers that will be affected by the works and will be providing information to them in advance, detailing a point of contact, the expected impact and duration.

Hertfordshire Highways Department are working closely with us to ensure that road closures, diversions and traffic management plans consider key infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, vaccination and testing centres.

This page will be kept up to date with information on the project.

 

Location for Phase 2

The next phase of our works will be starting on Batchwood Drive in January 2022, we wanted to let you know in plenty of time.

 

When we’ll be working

Dates: 10th January 2022 to August 2022

Working Hours: 7am - 6pm (Mon - Fri), 8am - 4pm (Sat) & 9am - 4pm (Sun)

 

How does this affect you?

Your water: Your water supply will continue running as normal.
Noise: You may hear noise during the works; however, we’ve put plans in place to minimise the disruption. During working hours, we have a 'non-idle' policy where plant and machinery will not be left running for extended periods unless they are actively working.

 

Traffic Management

 

From 10th – 28th January, a small section of the northbound lane will be closed on Batchwood Drive from the Redbourn Road roundabout. The southbound lane will remain open. This road closure will be clearly signed in advance with a diversion route in place.

 

From 28th January – 28th February, the road will be open in both directions with temporary traffic lights in place. Our work will be done in sections along the length of Batchwood Drive, starting at the Redbourn Road end and finishing at the Ancient Briton/Harvester junction. The position of the traffic lights will move as we progress along the length of the road. You may want to allow extra time for your journey.

 

From 1st March – 20th March, the road will be open in both directions with no works. This is while Hertfordshire Highways are carrying out resurfacing works under a road closure, on Redbourn Road.   

From 21st March – 18th April, our works will start again from the junction with Beckett’s Avenue moving towards the Ancient Briton junction. The road will be open in both directions with temporary traffic lights in place. The position of the traffic lights will move as we progress along the length of the road. It’s likely that there’ll be some disruption, so you may want to allow extra time for your journey.

From 19th April – around 16th May, a section of the westbound lane will be closed on Batchwood Drive, from the Ancient Briton junction for approximately 300m. The eastbound lane will remain open. This lane closure will be clearly signed in advance with a diversion route in place (see map below).

Around 17th May – end June, we continue our works and move on to Harpenden Road (A1081). There’ll be a northbound lane closure starting from Heathlands Drive up to the Ancient Briton junction.  The diversion will be in place and clearly signed from the Stonecross junction of Harpenden Road and St Peter’s Street (see map below). This diversion is approved by the Highways Authority and is the safest route for all vehicle types - you'll need to allow extra time for your journey.

From end June – end August, we’ll be continuing the works along Harpenden Road - the road will be open in both directions with temporary traffic lights in place. The position of the traffic lights will move as we progress along the length of the road. It's likely that there'll be some traffic disruption and you may want to allow extra time for your journey.

Access: Vehicular and pedestrian access to residents will be provided during the works. We'll let you know if we need to temporarily block access to any properties, and keep you updated. Where we need to, areas of the road and footpath will be coned off before we start digging, to make the area safe for the public and our teams.

 

How can I find out more?

Come and see us on Wednesday 13th April – we’ll have a stall at the market on St Peter’s Street, so you can talk to us about our plans, find out more about what we’re doing and ask us any questions. We’d love to see you and listen to your feedback.

 

For any questions relating to this work, please get in touch via our website at affinitywater.co.uk/feedback

 

 

Diversion Map (Batchwood Drive lane closure)

Dates: 19th April – around 16th May 2022

The map below shows the location of the lane closure highlighted in yellow and the diversion route is highlighted with blue arrows.

 

 

Diversion Map (Harpenden Road lane closure)

Dates: Week starting 17th May – end June 2022

The map below shows the location of the lane closure highlighted in yellow and the diversion route is highlighted with blue arrows.

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