Widening the High Street footpath

As you can probably already tell, a lot of work is going on in Watford, especially on the High Street.

Published: Monday, 1st August 2016

The footpath at the lower end near High Street Station is being widened to create more space for pedestrians and businesses. It is taking place from Maplin to Boots and should be completed by early September.

The High Street is very popular, and with the Charter Place redevelopment and the Metropolitan Line Extension, it will become even more so. We’re getting ready for this now.  

To make sure there’s enough space and the ground is levelled, we’ve started by breaking the old kerb line and taking away the old surfaces from Water Lane to just before King Street. As a result, the cycle lane has been temporarily suspended in order to maintain traffic.

To make it easier for pedestrians, we’ve been doing the work in stages and now we are almost at the finish line. There are lots of cones and barriers, so it’s important pedestrians keep an eye out for the pedestrian lanes. 

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “With work progressing well on the intu extension and the Metropolitan Line Extension coming to High Street Station by 2020, there’ll soon be even more reasons to visit our town centre.

“The pavement widening works that are taking place will benefit both pedestrians and businesses. Apart from making it easier to get from one place to another, it will improve the look of the town, giving businesses a boost. Whether you’re visiting Watford for a shopping trip, commuting via Watford High Street station, or going to a restaurant, these improvements will be good news for everybody. While of course there will be some disruption while works are taking place, it’ll be short-term pain for long-term gain.”

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