You’ve put up with a lot Watford, and now the end is in sight!

The High Street and Market Street improvements works have been completed.

Published: Monday, 22nd October 2018

Residents will now be able to enjoy a more attractive, less polluted, pedestrian and cycle friendly town centre, with the High Street and Market Street improvements works now completed.

The High Street improvements – led by Watford Borough Council in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Watford BID - were undertaken to provide better access for everyone to fully enjoy the town centre, as well as making it brighter and more spacious.                                                       

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Autumn 2018 is a landmark moment for the town, with the opening of the newly renovated High Street and the grand intu extension, including the 86,000 square foot Debenhams superstore. I’m grateful to everyone for their patience during the High Street works so far. It is so important that we have a vibrant and thriving centre. This upgrade will make the High Street feel safer and cleaner, with more space and less traffic.”

Bollards are now in place to prevent vehicles from illegally driving through the town centre, which has also allowed the bus services to provide smoother and quicker travel for residents and visitors to the town. The council will also be providing more bus stops in the centre by introducing a new stop E near NatWest.

To coincide with the intu development, with its eclectic and striking design, the council was clear that a sparkling new centre must be accompanied by an equally smart looking High Street. This has been achieved by laying attractive new paving, upgrading the bus shelters, banishing unwanted clutter, providing a new dedicated taxi rank just behind the High Street itself and offering new permanent disabled parking bays. For more information, please visit

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