Autumn School: Making Places - Strategies for Managing Major Traffic Routes through Historic Towns and Villages

Monday 14th &Tuesday 15th October, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DP Tickets: £45-310 for 1 or 2 days
A 2-day Autumn School being run by the Historic Towns and Villages Forum in which delegates will hear from experts, and then propose solutions for the challenge of balancing our need to travel with our desire for better places for people.
This Autumn School in Hertford is an opportunity to look at how cities, towns and villages can rethink busy traffic routes. Public consultation held earlier this year by Hertfordshire County Council looked at proposals for the major east-west A414 road corridor, which runs from Hemel Hempstead and Watford in the west to Harlow in the east, linking the M1, A1(M) and the A10 motorways. Along this transport corridor is the attractive county town of Hertford, which sees a large proportion of through, between town and local traffic. 
Hertford is an historic town and, like many others around the country, has to plan for how it can better manage today's traffic through its town centre, as well as how to connect new housing growth areas, and meet longer distance travel needs. Balancing the infrastructure associated with housing growth and the urgent need for more sustainable travel choices is a big issue for many places, and Hertford is a classic example.  With the recent A414 consultation raising options of re-allocating road space to other users, building a town ring road, developing a mass rapid transit system, and more, there are many issues, priorities and potential solutions to consider.

The seminar+workshop format of this Autumn School will give participants the chance to learn from the process underway in Hertford for their own places. Delegates will:

·         hear from those involved in the A414 options consultation earlier this year

·         consider the evidence gathered to-date

·         hear about conflicting 'place vs. movement' pressures on the town

·         learn from transport and urban design experts about innovative case studies from the UK and overseas

·         walk around the town centre with urban designers

·         develop criteria for decision-making

·         identify options for managing future traffic growth and place-making needs, and

·         develop their own ideas for Hertford which will be transferable elsewhere.

The detailed programme will be published shortly, and confirmed speakers include:

·         Rupert Thacker (Hertfordshire County Council)

·         Nicholas Boys Smith/ David Milner/ Robert Kwolek (Create Streets)

·         Phil Jones (Phil Jones Associates)

·         Lynda Addison (independent transport consultant and past chair of the Transport Planning Society)

·         Stephen O’Malley (Civic Engineers)

·         Tim Hagyard (formerly of East Hertfordshire District Council)

·         Duncan Berntsen (Medway Council)

This Autumn School is supported by Hertfordshire County Council and the Urban Design Group.