People will have more choice to travel following plans to improve east-west travel across the county were published by Hertfordshire County Council.

The council is currently holding a public consultation on the proposals for the motorway until February 25.

Proposals for St Albans include:

• Improvements to walking and cycling routes along the A414 route and around the town

• A new bridge over the Abbey Line

• Improved cycle parking at the train station and in the town centre

• Improvements to the urban realm along Hatfield Road

• Changes to the Peahen junction and London Road

• Improvements to the roundabouts and junctions along the A414 south of St Albans

• Improved bus services in the town

• A new public transport link across the county

The A414 Corridor Strategy sets out plans for improving transport along the major east-west route in the county, and in the towns along it, with proposals to reduce congestion and provide alternatives to travelling by car.

The strategy sets out 30 sets of improvements along the length of the route, from Hemel Hempstead in the west to Harlow in the east, taking in Watford, St Albans, Welwyn Hatfield and Broxbourne along the way.

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said: “There are up to 100,000 new homes planned for Hertfordshire by 2031 and fifty per cent of these will be along the A414 route.

“This will have a significant impact on the road itself, and on the towns along the route, and the increased traffic congestion will lead to longer journey times if we do nothing. We need to make improvements to this key cross-county road, but just as importantly we need to make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive and practical options.

“This is the biggest period of growth for Hertfordshire since the post Second World War New Towns era.

“A key part of ensuring we deliver ‘good growth’ will be to ensure that our communities are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. To do this we need people to make sustainable transport choices and we need to have the supporting infrastructure and improvements in place along the A414 corridor.

“We want residents to tell us what they think about the A414 Corridor Strategy to help guide our future transport planning and investment. These are the changes we will look to implement over the next 20 years, so we are really keen to hear from the younger generation on how they want to travel around the county in the future.”