Initial plans for the A602 improvement scheme did not include an off-road cycle path. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) argued that since plans pre-dated adoption of the new Local Transport Plan (LTP4) they need not follow it’s guidance. The scheme required the granting of a Side Roads Order which cycling groups objected to, offering to drop the objection only if plans were modified to take into account the needs of cyclists. Fortunately this lobbying was successful and an off-road cycle track was added to the scheme, although it depended on the granting of a planning application.
On 22 Oct HCC announced that the cycle track had been given the go-ahead by the Local Planning Authority – see announcement.