We appreciate that many local people have experienced difficulties getting around Watford over the last couple of days as a result of the closure of part of Wiggenhall Road.
We thought it would be helpful to update you and to reassure people that the current situation is being looked at. Herts Highways is going to be monitoring traffic over the coming days to ensure that all that can be done to keep traffic flowing is put in place.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience but these are crucial works to replace a gas main, which, for safety reasons, requires the closure of part of Wiggenhall Road for the next few weeks.
Traffic should avoid using the southbound lane of Wiggenhall Road during this period and use the sign-posted diversions that are in place. They have been carefully planned to minimise disruption. We have to divert traffic along A-roads, such as the ring road, which can cope with additional traffic. Using local residential roads will cause significant tailbacks and add to your journey times and so we would also kindly ask that drivers do not cut through Watford Fields in particular. You will see that traffic is not diverted through Watford Fields and, unfortunately, many of the congestion problems have been caused by people ignoring the agreed diversion.
Closure of the lane is the safest and has the least impact on traffic compared with a traffic light solution. The number of individual sets of traffic lights that would have been needed to manage vehicles at this point of Wiggenhall Road would, in fact, have caused greater delays to traffic flow than closure where people follow the approved diversion.
We have taken every step to give local people and businesses advance warning of the closure so they could plan their journeys for the next few weeks. We will keep people updated as works progress.
You might find the following FAQs helpful in understanding the reason for the closure and the steps taken to minimise disruption.