More than two thirds of respondents to a consultation on a key Hertfordshire to Essex transport proposal, said they would use the new service.

Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit (HERT), an east-west transport corridor from Watford and Hemel Hempstead to Harlow in Essex, has been planned since October 2019. It is being led by Hertfordshire County Council.

Following the latest consultation the council has reported encouraging support from residents.

Around 75,000 visited the website and 1,700 viewed an exhibition on the proposals.

Results of the consultation show:

  • A total 68 per cent of respondents from both areas said they would be likely to use the HERT.
  • Support for HERT was strongest among young people, with 90 per cent of 18–24 year-olds supporting or strongly supporting the vision.
  • Reliable journey times and service frequency were the largest priorities for prospective users.
  • Infrequent services, unreliable journey times and slow journey times were the three most common issues with the current local transport system.

Cllr Phil Bibby, executive member for highways and transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “After extensive engagement with the public the appetite for improved west to east public transport links could not be clearer. We will now take these views forward as we seek to engage with funding partners, including the Department for Transport.

“We are committed to the HERT’s ambitious vision to deliver a step-change in the passenger transport network across the whole of Hertfordshire, West Essex and beyond.”


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