Travel to Essex: Futuristic transport network set to link Essex to Hertfordshire
A futuristic transport network that would link parts of Essex to Hertfordshire is planned over the next decade.
The HERT – Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit – aims to provide a new way of moving between counties as the population increases in West Essex and parts of Hertfordshire.
Announced by Hertfordshire County Council today, the project would link London Stansted and Harlow Airport, Essex, to Hertfordshire towns like Hemel Hempstead and Watford.
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The network aims to improve public transport by building a new “fast, frequent and affordable passenger transport system” over the next 15 years.
Hertfordshire County Council describes this proposed system as being able to “carry more people than a typical private car” while providing “more convenience and reliability than a traditional bus service”.
It’s unclear exactly what the new transportation system would look like, with more details likely to be worked out after a consultation period this fall, potential systems could include trams, streetcars, trolleybuses or similar driverless buses. to what is being tested in Cambridge at the moment.
A video released by the council shows an artistic interpretation of what appears to be a futuristic tram / bus hybrid, although there are no specific details yet.
Hertfordshire County Council said the priority of the new network is to develop a “future-ready transport system, which minimizes energy consumption while maximizing the use of technology and innovation for support the county’s commitment to fight climate change “.
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It is possible that tram or light rail lines may be considered, as tram networks are offered in a number of areas across Essex, including the connection from Essex to Kent via an underground tunnel under the River Thames .
It is hoped that these networks will make public transport easier for those commuting between Essex and neighboring counties, rather than those who travel only to Greater London.
The video released by Hertfordshire County Council said: “We are looking to improve the future of our east-west travel.
“Over the next 15 years, we anticipate over 100,000 new jobs and over 100,000 new homes to meet our needs.
“But we are already experiencing increasing demands on our transportation network, which is straining our infrastructure, our health and the environment.”
The video went on to say, “Our solution is to provide a fast, frequent and affordable passenger transportation system that is designed with you in mind and transforms the way we travel.”
Over the next decade, a huge house-building project will take place in and around Harlow, which will see the population of West Essex skyrocket.
Many of these new residents are believed to be working across the border, adding to the appeal of the proposed transportation system.
A Hertfordshire County Council spokesperson added: ‘The HERT will form an east-west transport corridor stretching from Hemel Hempstead and West Watford, joining just south of St Albans in Hertfordshire to Harlow in the ‘Essex and to Stansted Airport.
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“The corridor is essential to support current and future journeys in Hertfordshire and Essex, but it is already experiencing heavy traffic jams and poor reliability of journey times.
“We are supporting district and borough councils in planning over 100,000 new housing units and over 100,000 new jobs to meet our needs over the next 15 years, which means there will be a additional demand on our schools, our health and social services and our already congested road and rail networks.
“Achieving the vision of our future requires an inclusive and sustainable passenger transportation system that puts people first. “
Construction of the new network would only take place after a long period of consultation and planning requests, which Hertfordshire County Council said “are expected to take several years”.
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Essex Police have said they are united with all communities in our county, to ensure they represent the diverse communities they serve.
They added that they had made “great strides” at Essex Police through their #FitTheBill We Value Difference recruiting campaign to be an inclusive employer and that they would sign the Race at Work charter.
In recent months, more women have joined the force at all levels, Essex Police confirmed, along with the growing number of people from ethnic minorities.
In the last fiscal year, Essex Police took in 308 officers, 2.27% of whom described themselves as black.
“While we recognize there is still room for improvement, this is the largest number of black officers to join in a single year,” a spokesperson said.
“Contributions to policing in Essex come not only from our officers, but also from the communities we serve.
“We are listening to the concerns of our communities and are working hard to recruit new members to our independent advisory groups to better understand the issues raised.
“These groups, which are made up of volunteer members of the public, meet four times a year to tell us what they think about the way we are monitoring the county.”