Cycleways and footpaths to be improved in Cassiobury Park

Mayor Peter Taylor at Beryl Bike in Cassiobury Park
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor at Beryl Bike in Cassiobury Park

Resurfacing works is being undertaken by Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council over the next few month...

Cyclists and walkers are set to benefit from improvements to Cassiobury Park’s network of cycleways and footpaths, thanks to resurfacing works undertaken by Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council over the next few month (starting 6 June).

Amongst other practical and quick to implement measures, such as improving signage, the immediate plans of works also include repainting markings and fixing surfaces. This is all part of keeping the network safe to use for cyclists and pedestrians, but will also hopefully encourage more people to walk and cycle in the long term.

The works, which are expected to be completed by early July (aim is 10 July), also include the removal of the dividing white line on the path to the Cha Cha Café and making these paths shared use. To also ensure safe pathway use for all park-users of the award-winning open space which is visited by over two million people, the council will work in partnership with Watford Cycle Hub and Friends of Cassiobury Park to provide free advice and training for people of all ages and abilities.

Over the next two years, Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council are also developing a programme of works to improving key cycling and walking routes across the town, such as Hempstead Road. This will assist in embedding safe active travel as part of a long-term habit and help residents reap the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “With cycling and walking becoming more and more popular in the town, we are committed to enabling residents to continue to cycle and walk, and giving people the best facilities to do so. We will also ensure training and awareness is put in place, so that all users of the park, including dog walkers, runners, children, walkers and cyclists can enjoy the park together.

“The works will also play an important role in helping people choose a more active way to travel, achieving our net-zero emission target and getting people to enjoy the health, environmental and economic benefits that cycling and walking offers.”

There will be some disruption and alternative paths will need to be taken whilst the works take place. Please visit our website for more information at www.watford.gov.uk/cassioburypark and for more information about our ‘Transforming Travel in Watford’ strategy, please visit www.watford.gov.uk/futuretravel.

Elected Mayor Peter Taylor at Beryl Bike in Cassiobury Park

 

Published: 5th June 2022

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