On the border: ‘Overwhelming’ public support for new Hertfordshire-Essex Rapid Transit system
News / Sat 2nd Dec 2023 at 04:38pm
PLANS for a new west-to-east public transport system called HERT – Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit – have won “overwhelming support” from residents reports the Stortford Independent.
Nearly 2,000 people responded to Herts County Council’s public consultation and 75% backed the plans for an environmentally-friendly passenger transport network from Watford to Harlow and onwards to Stansted Airport.
The authority agreed in October 2019 to develop a detailed proposal for HERT to run along the A414 corridor and has since been working with district and borough councils and key stakeholders.
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So, no one in Essex was consulted? We already have buses which run from Harlow to Heathrow Airport, via places such as Watford and buses which run to Stansted Airport. Journey times from Harlow to Heathrow could easily be reduced by making some buses missing out a call to Welwyn Garden City and some buses going direct to Stansted Airport using Junction 7a of the M11. Other than that, a rapid system can only mean new lanes just for buses or more likely using existing roads thereby reducing capacity for car users. Unless buses are upgraded to comfortable, quite, rattle free coaches I don't see many people switching from their cars any time soon.
public transport in Essex is shocking as a whole, I use buses a lot I have a disability and have waited 50 minutes for a bus many many times, I live in harlow and the bus service is so poor, forget about going anywhere over the weekend especially on a Sunday, and be sure to leave at least 1 hour of waiting time if going to an appointment as they are so unreliable. people want to use the buses over the weekend even people with cars, but they are put off by buses being cancelled last minute meaning your left stranded for 50mins until the next bus comes along, this is not practical at all when you have a disability elderly or travelling with young children, the buses are also very run down and old, it's a nightmare especially when you rely on them to get about and get to and from hospital appointments in and around harlow, I think the exiting public transport services need looking into in essex as a whole first before spending millions on a fancy new ones.