Road closure marks start plans for re-opening of Watford town centre

To prepare for a safe, phased re-opening of Watford town centre, Hertfordshire County Council is closing access to the High Street from Water Lane (by the blue pyramid) from Saturday 23 May. This means there will be no access to the lower part of the High Street through to Kings Street for vehicles except for buses, delivery vehicles, taxis and blue badge holders. Parking on this section of the High Street is also suspended; blue badge holders should use Kings or Gade car park where they are guaranteed disabled parking spaces. The restrictions will be in place during usual shopping hours.

This will allow visitors, and those who work in the town centre, to move around safely, queue if needed and maintain social distancing, all really important in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Watford town centre is such an important part of our town and we know people will be looking forward to seeing it come to life again. However, it is critical that we put everyone’s safety first and making sure people have enough shared space is vital. The county council’s road closure means the lower part of the town centre will be safer for pedestrians, shoppers and those who live and work in the area, which is so important at the moment. But this is just the start of what is being put in place to manage the re-opening of our High Street. I am working with the county council, Watford BID, intu and other town centre partners to make it a welcoming and safe environment so people can feel confident about visiting but we must remember staying at home is still the best way to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus.”

If it is essential for you to visit the town centre at the moment the list of places currently open for parking can be found at However, do think about walking or cycling, which are both safer and healthier options.