A town centre road which has been closed for months of upgrades will reopen with vehicle restrictions next week.
Moor End Road in Hemel Hempstead will be re-opening next Thursday, April 2 but access will be limited to buses, taxis and delivery vehicles servicing commercial properties at the Riverside Shopping Centre.
As well as providing improved access to the car park the changes will help to prevent delays to bus journeys and encourage more people to use busesTerry Douris
Enforcement cameras will monitor usage of the road, though anyone breaching the new system will not be automatically ticketed for an initial period.
After this time a decision about penalties will be taken based on the level of non-compliance, but using will be a moving traffic offence and will be subject to enforcement by the police.
The road has been completely closed since January while ‘extensive’ works have been completed, including improvements to the road junction and car park access.
The pedestrian crossing on A4146 Leighton Buzzard Road has also been upgraded to a toucan crossing to allow for use by cyclists.
Terry Douris, Herts County Council cabinet member for highways, said: “The development of Moor End Road is part of the much wider and exciting redevelopment of Hemel Hempstead town centre and complements the Dacorum Borough Council-led Hemel Evolution project.
“I am pleased that this stage is now completed on schedule.
“As part of the work, we have moved the entrance to the car park so there is no reason now for vehicles apart from buses, taxis and delivery vans to use Moor End Road. There will be clear signs showing the traffic restrictions and we hope that motorists will respect these.
“As well as providing improved access to the car park the changes will help to prevent delays to bus journeys and encourage more people to use buses.”
For more about Herts roadworks visit www.hertsdirect.org/highways.