A road closure trial will soon begin in multiple areas of St Albans city centre, in order to make the city feel "more welcoming, enjoyable and safe".

The trial will begin on Friday (November 4), and will affect High Street, George Street and Market Place.

As a result, High Street will be closed to all motor vehicles during weekends, from 6pm on Friday to 7am on Monday.

The road will, however, be open for access and deliveries between 7am and 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

George Street will be closed all week, but will be open for access and deliveries between 7am and 11am daily.

Meanwhile, current road closures in Market Place are set to continue.

The closures are expected to continue for a minimum of 12 months.

These measures do not apply to emergency vehicles, who will be granted access at all times.

The trial is part of a project organised by Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans City and District Council and St Albans BID.

A statement released by Hertfordshire County Council read: "A survey in 2021 indicated overall support for trials to go ahead, following the previous temporary closures for social distancing.

"Local residents, businesses, workers and visitors to the town are invited to give their views on the trials in Market Place, George Street and High Street through our online survey launching October 29 at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highstreetrecovery."

The results of the online survey, along with monitoring by Hertfordshire County Council, will outline whether or not the trial will continue beyond the 12-month mark.

The statement continued: "We are monitoring the impacts of the trial, including on footfall, local businesses and traffic levels in the surrounding area. 

"A project board including local county and district councillors and representatives of St Albans BID will consider public feedback during the trial and results of the monitoring, to decide on next steps for the project, including making any potential changes during the trial."