Transformational plans for Watford Junction given thumbs up by Homes England

A recent visit to Watford by Homes England has helped secure the government’s agency’s support, in principle, for plans to transform Watford Junction.

Published: Monday, 10th December 2018

A recent visit to Watford by Homes England has helped secure the government’s agency’s support, in principle, for plans to transform Watford Junction.

The Homes England delegation joined Elected Mayor, Peter Taylor, the council and partners, Kingshott Holdings, to see at first-hand how the plans will deliver an exciting and vibrant quarter around the town’s main station, delivering improved transport links, regenerating unused land and creating new jobs and homes, including affordable homes.

Of particular interest to the delegation, was the proposal of a new passenger bridge that will link the station to the whole Watford Junction redevelopment area.  The bridge opens up the site for transformation and is critical in delivering the ambitions for the scheme including:  a second entrance to the station and new ticket hall that would also reduce passenger congestion, a new bus station for the town and a multi-storey car park for station users. 

Mayor Taylor said:  “It was a fantastic opportunity to show Homes England the outstanding plans we have for Watford Junction.  Watford deserves a station fit for the 21st century and our plans will deliver this.  We must make sure we have the right infrastructure in place for our town to grow and upgrading our main station, delivering a new bus interchange and better pedestrian routes across the town are critical to get right before we start development.

“At the same time we are transforming what is, overall, a run down and under used site into a vibrant hub for people to live and work.  I was delighted at how positive the team from Homes England were – not just about what we are planning for Watford Junction but also about the town as a whole.”

Whilst they were in Watford, the Homes England delegation took the opportunity to see other housing schemes that are already underway in the borough.  They visited Watford Riverwell, Croxley View and Ascot Road and were shown how the council is successfully rising to the challenge of delivery good quality homes for local people through working with both the private and public sector.

The Homes England visit was arranged with the support of Watford MP, Richard Harrington.

Mayor Taylor added:  “One of the important strengths of our town is how we work together for the good of Watford.  Homes England support will be a real boost to the outstanding transformation we want to see at Watford Junction and I am confident that we can build on our strong track record for successful delivery to see this come to fruition”. 

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