Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, had a further meeting with Highways England about the upgrade of the A1(M) at Stevenage to a Smart Motorway.
Stephen McPartland MP, said, "I have had a series of meetings with Highways England, about the widening of the A1(M) between Junctions 6 and 8 at Stevenage, since I secured the funds in the first Road Investment Strategy in autumn 2014.
"The scheme includes widening of the two lane section between Junctions 6 and 8, Welwyn to Stevenage, to three lanes with the hard shoulder converted to a permanent running lane. The upgrade will be for both north-and southbound, with a developing estimated cost of up to £170m, but it is important the scheme remains value for money.
"A huge amount of work has already been undertaken by Highways England, as they will be responsible for the full design and delivery of the scheme, and expect the preliminary design work to be completed in Spring 2019. I was delighted they confirmed the scheme is still on track to start construction work in March 2020, for completion before Spring 2022.
"Comprehensive planning at this stage is important to help reduce both construction time and any delays once construction is underway.
"I am grateful to Highways England for the work they have done to take into consideration a number of points I have raised on behalf of local people. The latest meeting was an exciting discussion and shows that by working closely together we can make excellent progress towards a highly beneficial upgrade that will release a chokehold on Hertfordshire's economy."