What is – the Hertfordshire A1 Corridor Consortium?

A body exists called the Hertfordshire A1 Corridor Consortium, (HACC)

The HACC is a group  of councillors and council officers from Hertfordshire County Council and local authorities along the A1 in Hertfordshire. The Consortium also has representation from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Highways England (formerly Highways Agency).

The Consortium was originally formed to lobby Government for investment in the A1 and they do claim some success. They played a part in the Government’s announcement of the A1(M) Junctions 6 – 8  ‘Smart Motorway Project’. This is planned to be built sometime around 2019/20 and will see the hard shoulders used as an extra lane between Junctions 6 and 8. Basically it will mean the current two-lane section will become three lanes in each direction, with laybys created for broken down vehicles.

One of the HACC’s aims (apart from the Junctions 6 – 7 Improvement Scheme which is already completed) is to deliver a strategy for the A1 corridor. The Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), working with Consultants Aecom, have been developing a Strategy, gathering data from the emerging Local PLans and other sources of development data, all of which is being fed into the Welwyn/Hatfield and Stevenage/Hitchin traffic model.

This A1 Strategy is due to be available late Autumn 2015. It will be a fairly high-level document that will highlight problem areas and suggest interventions at junctions along the A1 and the adjacent local road network.