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CONGESTION: Drivers concerned about pollution caused by traffic near Dome roundabout in Garston

 Published on: 28th July 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local drivers have been left disappointed after Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) confirmed there are no plans to address the congestion concerns around the Dome roundabout, in Garston.

Drivers have expressed their frustration over the congestion causing pollution in the area.

HCC also confirmed Highways England are not looking at investment of the interchanges with the M1 and M25 to take traffic away from the Dome area.

Garston county councillor Tim Williams got in touch with two cabinet members to check if the situation will be addressed.

Cabinet member for growth infrastructure and planning, cllr Stephen Boulton, Hatfield Rural, responded: “at present we are not aware of any investment plans that would affect these junctions” and added “building additional capacity is likely to only provide short term relief unless more fundamental changes are made to change travel behaviours.”

Cabinet member for highways and transport, cllr Phil Bibby, St Nicholas Stevenage, stated: “the facilities at the Dome were reviewed when the signals were upgraded several years ago, and these current arrangements are considered appropriate for the junction to ensure its safe use by all those travelling through it.”

Garston Councillor Tim Williams added: “These are very disappointing responses as unfortunately it seems that despite the current level of pollution, the traffic congestion and the dangerous rat-running that occurs to avoid the Dome area that there is no desire at Herts County Council to grasp this situation and make improvements.

“Whilst recognising and supporting alternative transport modes this situation needs to be resolved now alongside the promotion of sustainable travel.”

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