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Making Local shopping areas safer in response to the Coronavirus impact

Following the re-opening of shops, new safety measures to protect people walking, cycling and queuing for local shops are being introduced in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New, wider footways are being created to enable shoppers and local people to keep a safe, social distance between those queuing for a shop and those walking past.

Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with Three Rivers District Council is creating space in shopping areas by installing barriers to separate the road from a wider area where people can walk.


Rickmansworth High Street

Why is this happening?

Helping people to Shop and Queue Safely

Helping you to find parking


Rickmansworth High Street - Shops open, through traffic diverted to allow safer, easier shopping and walking around the town centre

From the 12 September 2020, New Parking Suspensions will come into effect. The District Council has decided to suspend the parking bays in the High Street on Mondays to Saturdays, from 9.30am to 6pm, in response to the initial problems experienced with vehicles remaining in the bays after the road has been closed. 

New parking bays for disabled drivers have been designated in Ebury Road car park. Find maps of car parks and blue badge bays here.

Hertfordshire County Council, in consultation with Three Rivers District Council, has carefully considered the best way to manage the competing demands of traffic and the provision of a safe environment for people shopping and queuing with sufficient footway width. We want to encourage shoppers and visitors into the High Street, by helping them to feel safe.

From 28 August, Rickmansworth High Street will be closed from Church Street to Station Road between the hours of 10:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday and from 10am Saturday, opening at 6am on Monday. You will be able to park on the High Street until 9.30am on Mondays to Saturdays.

This is a temporary measure while social distancing is required, during the period that this closure is in place, a review will be undertaken to ascertain if measures can be made more permanent. Bus stops in the affected area will be relocated as close as possible to where they are at the moment.

Essential measures have been implemented in the High Street to enable social distancing, this includes helping the most vulnerable to safely access shops and facilities and reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. There are currently several locations where queueing on the footway forces people to walk in the road to avoid close contact with others. Given the continuing easing of restrictions for businesses, both local authorities agree that it is important to remove road traffic completely from the High Street during busy pedestrian times.

The closure will enable people to shop, queue and use the High Street safely and it will also provide an opportunity for businesses to use some of the space by enabling tables and chairs to be put out during the hours of closure – subject to new pavement cafe licences issued by the District Council at www.threerivers.gov.uk/temporarycafelicences.

If you have any questions in relation to the arrangements please contact Hertfordshire County Council on 0300 123 4047 or email cschighways@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Why is this happening?

Hertfordshire County Council's Public Health team has planned and prioritised how shopping areas around the County will be made safe.
The County Council has published a Four Point Plan to make town centres safe. You can find more information on the Hertfordshire County Council website, or by contacting them on 0300 123 4047 or email cschighways@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

The measures outlined are being led and managed by Hertfordshire County Council. The District Council is displaying posters and signage at key shopping and café areas in order to encourage those queuing and those passing by to keep a safe distance. The District Council will also provide on-the-spot, specialist health and safety guidance to any business inviting customers onto their premises.

Helping people to Shop and Queue Safely

If businesses wish to install temporary markings on the footway, Hertfordshire County Council will not object as long as they are temporary, but it is not currently in a position to assist with implementation. Further details are available at https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/highways-roads-and-pavements/roadworks-and-road-closures/roadworks-and-road-closures.aspx.

As part of its "Stay Safe" campaign, Hertfordshire County Council has also produced a range of easy-read visual guidance for local businesses and shops to use, to advise their customers how they are managing the unusual situation.

Helping you to find parking

Details of local car parking can be found on this website here Three Rivers car parks. This page also shows the location of blue badge holder bays (and blue badge holders can also park on other parking restrictions under the national scheme).