An experimental traffic control scheme has been introduced – shutting a road to traffic from today.

Little Green Lane, between Lincoln Drive and house number five, as well as between Waterdell House and Sarratt Road, can no longer be used by vehicles.

There are exceptions to the order for agricultural vehicles accessing adjacent fields, along with emergency services and other government authorities. It also does not apply to cyclists.

Watford Observer: The sections covered by the order.The sections covered by the order. (Image: Hertfordshire County Council)This is part of a trial which will last for the next 18 months. During this period, Hertfordshire County Council will be monitoring its impact and consider whether it should be amended or put in force indefinitely.

Anyone can make an objection within the next six months from today (March 25), in writing, to or TRO Services Team, Postal Point (CHO242), County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DN, stating the grounds on which they are made.

Watford Observer: Little Green Lane.Little Green Lane. (Image: Google Street View)The sections covered are apparently “unsuitable for further use by motor vehicles due to deterioration of the road surface”.

According to the county council, the hope is that it will prevent fly-tipping and unnecessary use of the road as well as improving safety for walkers, horse riders, and cyclists.

A petition calling for such measures, with more than 1,000 signatures, was sent to the council in 2021 before consultation demonstrated “high levels of support” for the change.