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ROAD MAKEOVER: Motorway junction transformation to help boost economy in Hemel Hempstead 

 Published on: 12th September 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The M1 junction at Hemel Hempstead is set for a £6 million makeover to help boost the local economy.

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and The Crown Estate are jointly investing £6 million towards the redesign of Junction 8 of the M1 motorway to boost transport links and unlock the economic potential of Hemel Hempstead.

The new design will improve road safety and boost connectivity between Hemel Hempstead and the highway network to benefit businesses and residents.

The road improvements are key to accelerating the delivery of new employment space at Herts IQ as part of The Crown Estate’s mixed-use masterplan for 3,000 homes, jobs and amenities at East Hemel.

Plans for M1 Junction 8 include the replacement of the existing Breakspear Way/Green Lane roundabout, the provision of a foot/cycle bridge over Breakspear Way and a new bridge over the M1.

A new road would also track through Herts IQ to the west of the M1 to open up development for employment. 

The public will be given the opportunity to view and provide feedback on the plans before a formal planning application is submitted.

David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We welcome this announcement of £6 million towards the detailed design work for M1 Junction 8, including a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A414. This is an important junction, connecting Hemel Hempstead to surrounding areas. 

“The redesigned junction is part of a wider package of measures to enable more people to travel to and from Hemel in the future, through walking, cycling and passenger transport improvements.”

Picture credit: Dacorum Borough Council

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