The town center in Hertford is still recognizable by its medieval layout. There are still many medieval properties that were constructed by a timber-framed building, which have been hidden under a re-modeled frontage. This is particularly the case in St. Andrews Street where many old buildings have stood in the time of change. In the rush hours of commuting, Hertford has always suffered from long traffic jams of cars trying to navigate their way to work. The congestion was supposed to be reduced when the A414 bypass was completed in the 1960s, called Gascoyne Way, however, due to the sheer volume of traffic, this is still a problem. There were plans to link the A10 with the A414, and totally bypassing the Town of Hertford.
Despite all the traffic problems driving into Hertford, the town still retains much of its character of a country-town. With a selection of small boutique shops and restaurants.
Hertford is 19.2 miles north of Central London and is quite close to larger towns, such as Harlow, Bishops Stortford, and Stevenage. A large amount of the employment in Hertford is centered on County Hall (Hertfordshire County Council), and McMullen’s Brewery. As Hertford is close to London, there are many residences that commute each day.
Despite Hertford not having a modern shopping mall, it has all the normal supermarkets, like Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose. This means that you can still do your weekly shopping without having to travel out of Hertford, which is always a bonus.