The nearest bus service to any development on the Harts Farm fields is a 10-12 minute walk away. The 306 route takes 13 minutes to Elstree and Borehamwood station and 11 minutes to Bushey station and only offers a half hourly peak service that reduces to hourly in the evening. As it receives no County Council subsidy, the last bus leaves Watford before 2200 and on Sundays the service is two-hourly.
Whilst the Little Bushey Community transport survey identifies that the 306 service has some spare capacity off peak, it already suffers delays from traffic congestion and frequent blockages in Chiltern Avenue and Farm Way.
To reach Stanmore station the walking time to a bus is more than double, but Herts County Council do plan to improve the Watford to Edgware public transport corridor.
Stanmore station is two miles away, and Bushey, a mile and a half away. Both station car parks are at capacity. Bushey only provides a half-hourly service into London Euston, although the London Underground service on the Jubilee line is more frequent.
If the land around Harts Farm becomes part of a larger garden village, then the Campaign for Better Transport say that half the journeys from these developments should be on foot or by bike or public transport.
CFBT also believe that no garden villages are likely to have a station within walking distance and that they are too small for a spur line to be built.
This lack of accessible public transport makes any development entirely car dependent and goes against the recommendations in the National Planning Policy Framework that states that new developments should have access to high quality public transport