Changes to experimental Rickmansworth High Street measures come into force

Press ReleaseUpdated: 9 May 2024Transport and streets

Rickmansworth High Street has reopened to vehicles during the week, but remains car-free during the weekend, following consultation with residents and local businesses.

Experimental measures, known as the Rickmansworth High Street Recovery trial, which were in place from June 2021, restricted traffic after 10am throughout the week to make the High Street more pedestrian-friendly, boost footfall in the town and soften challenges during the pandemic.

Consultation with residents and local businesses on previous changes made to the High Steet Recovery trial in March 2023 received 861 completed responses with a mixed response of support and objections.

In considering these responses, the Project Board, which compromises local councillors from Hertfordshire County Council and Three Rivers District Council, recommended changes to allow opening of the High Street to traffic during the week but continued closure at the weekends. The relevant traffic orders enable the High Street to open during the week and close from 10am on Saturdays through to 6am on Mondays.

Changes have been made to the existing parking arrangement in the High Street to improve loading arrangements for business. Further blue badge and pedestrian improvements have also been made.

New permanent signage has been erected by Hertfordshire County Officers to promote the changes. Additional temporary signage is also being erected to draw attention to the changes.

Kimberley Rowley, Three Rivers District Council's Head of Regulatory Services, said: “The trial had benefitted many people visiting Rickmansworth High Street as well as cyclists, but there has been a mixed response from people who feel that keeping traffic-free is an inconvenience.

“Closing the High Street to traffic on weekends only will achieve a balance of reopening the road to traffic but closing it on Saturdays and Sundays in order to keep that safe space for people who visit the local businesses, markets and events.”