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

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd December 2019, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DP
Please note new dates! 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.

PROGRAMME - DAY 1 – Monday 2 December
9am           Tea and coffee on arrival
9.30am       Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
9.45am       Introduction to the A414 and Hertford, Rupert Thacker, Head of Highways Strategy and Implementation, Hertfordshire County Council
10.15am     Streets for People - Why Making Better Places For People Matters, Nicholas Boys Smith, David Milner, Robert Kwolek, Create Streets

10.45am     The Climate Change Imperative, John Duncan, Extinction Rebellion East Herts
11.15am     Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.45am     Enabling and Designing for Different Travel Choices along Urban Corridors, Phil Jones, Phil Jones Associates
12.15pm     Guided Busways – Cambridgeshire’s Success Story, Graham Hughes, Executive Director, Cambridgeshire County Council
12.45pm    Q&A
1pm           Lunch
1.45pm      Hertford: The Opportunities to Make Better Places from Spaces, Tim Hagyard, former Planning Team Leader and Urban Designer, East Hertfordshire District Council
2.15pm      Site visit - Walkabout in groups led by local experts
4pm           Tea and coffee
4.15pm      Workshop 1: First Impressions and Priorities
4.45pm      Learning from Elsewhere – Making Radical Changes to Traffic Networks, Stephen O’Malley, Civic Engineers
5.15pm      Q&A and Close of Day 1 seminar
7.30pm      Optional dinner at local venue
DAY 2     – Tuesday 3 December
9.30am             Tea and coffee on arrival
Welcome and plan for Day 2, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
9.45am       Herts Orbital Transit: quality travel across central Hertfordshire, Reg Harman, independent transport consultant
10.15am     Better Planning, Better Transport, Better Places - for people, Lynda Addison, Chair of the CIHT Sustainable Transport Panel and Immediate past Chair of the Transport Planning Society
10.45am     Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.30am     Making Connections and Restoring Links in Historic Towns: Rochester, Duncan Berntsen, Medway Council
12pm         Workshop 2: Weighting for decision-making: what are the priorities for Hertford and the A414?
12.30pm    Workshop 3: What is your Vision for Hertford and the A414?
1pm           Lunch
1.45pm      Workshop 4: Developing Options
3pm           Tea and coffee
3.15pm      Presentation of ideas: – groups voice ideas generated with audience of invited local authorities’ and organisations’ representatives
4.15pm      Discussion & Next Steps:  How do we balance our Place and Movement needs and expectations?
5pm     Close of Autumn School

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