West Coast Main Line Closure – Euston to Hemel Hempstead

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th August 2014

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th August 2014

Saturday 23rd – (BH) Monday 25th August 2014

Effects on Local Bus Services at Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station Interchanges

The next phase of the major engineering works on the West Coast Main Line requires closure of the line between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead and the Watford – St Albans Abbey Line on the above dates. As a result rail replacement buses will be operating again between Watford and Stanmore, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. In order to facilitate these, London Midland have announced that as before the station interchanges at Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead are to be used exclusively for the rail replacement buses, and local bus services that normally use these facilities are being displaced onto the highway network.

In response to this situation we have arranged the following which is generally a repeat of the arrangements made in May:

Watford Junction

Following consultation with Watford Borough Council, local buses will be diverted as follows:

Services travelling southbound from St Albans Rd towards the town centre and beyond

These services will use the West Street stop in St Albans Rd, by the junction with Canterbury Rd, for dropping off and picking up passengers. This is a permanent stop but one reserved for bus diversions. There is a bus lay-by here and as the road is two-lane buses will not cause any blockage if they need to queue. Buses then turn left into St Johns Road, then right into Clarendon Rd to pick up normal line of route towards the town centre.

Services travelling northbound from the town centre via St Albans Rd

From Clarendon Rd, buses will turn right into St Johns Rd, then left into Woodford Rd where temporary stops will have been placed along the left-hand side of the road, before existing stops 7 and 8. The stop allocation is fluid so buses should pull up as far forward as possible. On departure buses continue into Station Rd then right into St Albans Rd for normal line of route. The normal metered parking bays in Woodford Rd will be suspended.

TfL Services 142 and 258

These services will use Stops 7 and 8 in Woodford Rd which are their usual drop-off and layover points.

Leavesden Studio Tour Service 311

This service will be able to use Stop 6 in the interchange as usual and is unaffected by the special arrangements.

Bus Layover Facility

London Midland are hopefully allowing the central area in the station interchange to be used by local buses for layover as normal on the Saturdays and Sundays only as before. For northbound services this means vehicles will need to make the loop Clarendon Rd, St Johns Rd, Woodford Rd to reach the pick-up points.

On-Site Assistance

HCC will have Enforcement Officers on hand to provide assistance to local bus passengers and drivers as necessary.

London Midland will have marshals at the station to guide passengers to the rail replacement service, and will also provide help to local bus passengers where possible.

Hemel Hempstead

Services travelling towards the town centre

These services will use Stop F, opposite the station. Services coming from the town which terminate at the station will turn at the Fishery Rd roundabout and drop off and pick up for the return journey at Stop F.

Services travelling towards Berkhamsted and 352 to Watford

Services will use Stop E outside the station.

Service 353 Hemel Hempstead – Amersham

This service will not be able to use the stops outside the station so passengers will be directed to the stops in Fishery Rd.

Publicity & Information

The arrangements outlined above will be posted on the Intalink website “Service Disruption” page.

Network Rail notices will be displayed on the electronic screens at Watford Junction, the Intu Centre and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station as soon as we receive them.

Notices will go in all affected bus stops at both sites directing passengers to the temporary stop appropriate for their service as soon as possible from Monday 4th August.

Actions Required

Bus Operators

To take note of the special arrangements and ensure that drivers are fully briefed.

HCC Infrastructure Team

Arrange three temporary bus stops to be placed in Woodford Rd, Watford. These are to be placed so that in addition to marking the pick-up points they reinforce the suspension of the parking bays.

Timetable frame to be placed on pole at St Albans Rd, West St stop (21901780)

HCC Publicity Team

Work with Network Rail to display notices on screens at Watford Junction, the Intu Centre and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station.

Post notices at Watford Junction stops summarised as follows:

  • Stop 2 – Stop being used by LOROL replacement buses. For local bus services go to St Albans Rd, West St stop.
  • Stop 3 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to St Albans Rd, West St stop.
  • Stop 4 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Woodford Rd temporary stops.
  • Stop 5 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Woodford Rd temporary stops.
  • Stop 6 – Stop being used by Leavesden Studio Tour bus.

Post notices at Hemel Hempstead stops summarised as follows:

  • Stop A – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop F. For 353 to town centre go to Fishery Rd
  • Stop B – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop F.
  • Stop C – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop E. For 353 to Amersham go to Fishery Rd/London Rd, Meadow way
  • Stop E – Stop being used by services towards Berkhamsted.
  • Stop F – Stop being used by services towards
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Temporary road closures to allow road works

Hertfordshire County Council has given notice that it intends to make an Order under Section 14[1] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all traffic from using the following lengths of roads and to prohibit all vehicles from waiting at any time on both sides of these lengths of roads to enable highway maintenance works to take place:-

that length of Longcroft Lane, Bovingdon/Felden from its junction with Chipperfield Road north eastwards, northwards and eastwards to its junction with Flaunden Lane, a distance of approximately 2652 metres.

that length of Flaunden Hill, Flaunden from its junction with Flaunden Bottom north eastwards, eastwards and southwards to its junction with Smoothing Iron, a distance of approximately 715 metres.

The sections of roads will each be closed and the temporary waiting restrictions will be in place for approximately 5 days during the period 1 October 2014 and 2 April 2015, when signs are in place.  Alternative signed routes will be provided for traffic whilst the road closures are in place.

If you have any queries about the highway maintenance works, the temporary road closures or the temporary waiting restrictions, please contact Chris Brown tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.


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Bikefest is back…

Bikefest is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before. If you’re a fan of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters or simply want a free day out with the family, join Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service as they host this annual biker event.

At Bikefest this year, you can meet nine-time British Supermoto champion and biking legend Christian Iddon. You can watch spectacular bike displays by youth motorcycle team the Imps. There will be trade stands, biker competitions, a bouncy castle, refreshments and many other attractions. The Hertfordshire Fire Bike Team will also be on hand to provide safety advice for bikers young and old.

Bikefest, now in it’s fourth year, will be held:

Date: Sunday 17 August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Longfield Training Centre, Hitchin Road, Stevenage.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Bikefest is a fabulous day for motorcyclists and their families to enjoy but it is underpinned by crucial safety messages. Bikers can be a difficult audience to reach which makes events such as this so important. We know that Hertfordshire has some of the busiest roads in the country and while bikers make up about two percent of motorists, they sadly account for 20 percent of those killed or seriously injured countywide. Bikefest provides an excellent opportunity to share road safety advice that could truly save lives.”

Tony Smith, from Herts Fire Bike Team explained: “As keen bikers ourselves, we are working hard to engage with motorcyclists through events such as Bikefest and training such as Biker Down. We want bikers to realise that by following some simple safety advice, they can keep themselves, and other road users, safe.”

For further information about Bikefest 2014, please go to: www.hertsdirect.org/bikefest.

For information about Biker Down courses, please go to:

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Bus consultation

Herts County Council is launching a consultation into the financial support the county council provides for bus services in Hertfordshire.  This 12 week consultation relates to some of the 119 HCC contracted services HCC support and runs until 8 October 2014, commercial services and those funded from other sources (developer and district contributions etc) are not affected.

This consultation is available online at http://www.hertsdirect.org/busconsult

HCC needs to save at least £700k from its £3.8m budget for bus services.  To protect the majority of services it supports and the most used services, the county council is proposing to:

  •  withdraw funding to services that run after 6.30pm
  • withdraw funding for services that run on a Sunday

HCC want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, both bus users and non bus users.

If a resident would like to take part and does not have access to a computer we would suggest going in to their local library where they can have access to a computer.

If people want a paper copy they can call 0300 123 4050 or email hertsdirect@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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Have your say on recycling centres

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) wants to hear your views on changes being suggested for their 17 household waste recycling centres.

A new contractor, AmeyCespa, has been appointed to run the centres, which are sometimes known as ‘tips’ or ‘dumps’. They have been asked to put forward suggestions to improve efficiency and save money, while still reducing waste, improving rates of reuse and recycling and maintaining a reliable service for residents.

Due to reductions in national funding and increasing demand for key services, such as adult social care and children’s services, the county council needs to make savings of £147 million over the next four years. If agreed, the changes being suggested by AmeyCespa could mean the service saves £6m over the next eight years.

HCC wants to know what you think about these suggested service changes:

Permanently closing the centres at Hoddesdon and Elstree

  • Changing the remaining 15 sites from a seven day service to a five day service, with the introduction of weekday closures
  • Changing opening times, with all sites opening from 8am to 4pm all year (except Buntingford, which will retain the existing three hours per day service)

The county council will consider all feedback received during the consultation before any decision is made on whether to introduce the changes. Visit www.hertsdirect.org/wastechanges to find out more and respond to the consultation.

The deadline for responses is 3 August 2014.

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