New CGIs show plans for a ‘Dutch style’ roundabout in Hemel Hempstead.
The ‘Dutch style’ roundabout would reduce the number of lanes and have dedicated space for cyclists around the entire junction, separated from the carriageway.
It would also include widened footways with pedestrian crossings on all arms of the roundabout, as well as lower speed limits.
The plans are part of the Active Travel Fund, a government grant that funds and supports local transport authorities with producing cycling and walking facilities.
What are the plans?
Under the plans, a new circular cycle route would be installed around the roundabout. This would be separated from the carriageway by a verge and from the footways by low level kerbs, with priority over traffic.
The existing footways would also be widened and zebra crossings would be installed on all arms of the roundabout. Cyclists using the route would then give way to pedestrians.
The road layout would also be rearranged to reduce entry lanes down to one lane for traffic on all arms of the roundabout. It’s thought this will have minimal impact on queuing.
The roundabout is close to an industrial estate, so there would also be an overrun area in the centre of the roundabout for longer vehicles to use.
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The road would also be resurfaced as well as having new road markings painted on, better lighting and new signage installed.
The roundabout forms part of the proposals for the Buncefield Lane quietway which will aim to provide a network of less trafficked streets along Buncefield Lane between Green Lane to the south and Nickey Line in the north.
It would connect into the recently completed improvements at Breakspear Way to the south.
The eastbound bus stop on Boundary Way would be upgraded and moved slightly closer to the roundabout to allow space for the cycle route to pass behind it.
The existing speed limit would be reduced to 20mph on all approaches to and around the roundabout.
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How does a ‘Dutch style’ roundabout work?
Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, with cycle crossings over each of the approach roads in a contrasting green surface.
There are also zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians.
Motorists must give way to pedestrians and to cyclists when joining and leaving the roundabout.
The UK’s first Dutch roundabout opened in Cambridge in August last year.
Residents of Hemel are urged to voice their views on the roundabout plans, and the consultation is open until Friday, July 30. Have your say here.
The plans can be viewed in full here.
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