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Hertfordshire County Council

We'll be making changes to some roads and parking in towns to help maintain social distancing.

Why are these changes happening?

If any barriers move or fall over, report it to us.

If you're finding the measures difficult to work around or you'd like to recommend a change in your town, please contact us online or on 0300 123 4047.

Town changes and maps

Bishops Stortford

  • South Street, Potter Street and Market Street closed to traffic
  • Temporary one way system on Newtown Road

Borehamwood

  • On street parking restrictions on Shenley Road
  • Partial road closure of Shenley Road

Harpenden

  • Partial road closure of Bowers Parade

Hertford

  • Part of Fore Street closed to traffic
  • On street parking restrictions along Fore Street

Hitchin

  • On street parking restrictions along High Street and Sun Street

Knebworth

  • On street parking restrictions along London Road

Radlett

  • On street parking restrictions along Watling Street service roads

Rickmansworth

  • On street parking restrictions along part of High Street

Royston

  • On street parking restrictions along part of King Street and High Street

St Albans

  • On street parking restrictions along A1057 Hatfield Road
  • George Street closed to traffic
  • Part of A5183 and Market Place closed to traffic

Ware

  • One way traffic south eastwards from Watton Road roundabout to the junction of New Road
  • On street parking restrictions along High Street

Watford

  • Road closed on High Street, from Water Lane to Market Street
  • On street parking restrictions on High Street

Welwyn

We've updated our social distancing measures.

  • Welwyn village - Removed parking restrictions put in place for social distancing
  • Welwyn village - barriers in place to support speed reduction and promote social distancing behaviours.
  • New 20mph zone in place from Church Street junction with Lockleys Drive to Hertford Road junction with Prospect Place including Church Street, High Street and Mill Lane.

Frequently asked questions

Why we need these measures

Hertfordshire Highways, Public Health and local district and borough councils identified locations where:
  • existing town layouts would make social distancing difficult  
  • measures put in place by shops and businesses will require more space on footpaths.
Now that shops and pubs are open and traffic is increasing, pedestrians need space to safely socially distance.

How long it will be for

Whilst we’re still required to socially distance, these measures will be in place. We’ll keep reviewing and change things as the need and guidance changes.

Are the barriers necessary?

The barriers don’t look pretty but they do need to be immediately visible. They’re temporary and we’ll review options as time goes on.

We’re working to Public Health England guidance on pedestrian space in towns. We’ll only make changes based on further advice or guidance from Public Health.

Businesses

We’re listening to businesses who feel the measures are negatively affecting them. We’ll make requested changes if they don’t affect safe social distancing measures.  

As time goes on, there may be opportunity to use more space for things like outside dining and shop front market stalls.  

Customers need to feel safe and confident to start going to the shops again. Some businesses have said that the extra queueing space has been a benefit.

We’re reviewing loading bays on a case by case basis. Some loading bays will need to be closed to provide space for pedestrians.

Cyclists

We consider cyclists’ needs as part of any changes like this, but sometimes it’s not possible to accommodate their needs in addition to those of pedestrians and road users. The measures are temporary and, in these cases, we ask cyclists to dismount and walk through the pedestrianised areas.

Disabled parking bays

We’ll maintain access to disabled parking bays wherever possible. If we absolutely must close a disabled parking bay, we’ll make alternative arrangements close by.  

Enforcing the new measures

We’re working with the police and district and borough councils to ensure new temporary measures (like parking restrictions and one-way streets) can be enforced. Some measures may take a little longer before they can be legally enforced.

Can we have a one-way system for pedestrians?

Unfortunately, a one-way system for people would make life difficult for blind or partially sighted people who use kerbs and barriers to get around.

Report damaged or moved barriers, cones and signs

Report damaged or moved barriers, cones and signs

We’re checking each location every day. Moving traffic management measures like cones, barriers and signs is a criminal offence, under the 1991 New Roads and Street Work Act.

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