Major transformation works at Clarendon Road now complete

Mayor Peter Taylor at Clarrendon Road

The works to transform Clarendon Road have recently been completed...

Watford Borough Council, working closely with Watford BID and with funding from Hertfordshire LEP and Hertfordshire County Council, have recently completed the works to transform Clarendon Road into a safer, more attractive and greener street.

The £10.1m project included works such as widening pavements and narrowing the road to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly environment, and to help support cycling, walking and public amenity. To also help transform the street’s previous character of a traffic dominated road to a more open, multifunctional space, a whole host of major improvements have additionally taken place over the last three years.

These works have focused on the importance of Clarendon Road as a gateway and primary link between Watford Junction and the town centre, as well as being a key business area for Watford. This has been achieved by focusing on improving accessibility, wayfinding and lighting, connectivity, pedestrian and cycle circulation, street and road layout and air quality. Specific works have included:

  • Raising tables and adding additional crossings on the road to assist pedestrian movement and slow down traffic
  • Widening the pavements to create a safe, pedestrian-friendly environment with greater social and recreation space
  • Integrating private frontages of properties and office forecourts into the streetscape
  • Installing new lighting and street furniture to create a more welcoming environment
  • Adding rain gardens and tree planting to create a greener streetscape
  • Implementing the ‘shifting edge’ concept to see the widened pavements swap sides creating flexible spaces for social activities and offering street-scale benefits
  • Reducing the impact of the old junctions, which created barriers to walking and cycling whilst buses, taxis and other vehicles impact on congestion.

Photo of Clarendon Road Improvements and Christmas Lights

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Clarendon Road is one of the town’s most important hubs for business and visitors. With national and international businesses basing their headquarters there, it is important we ensure that our town’s infrastructure matches the ambitions they have for their business.  These improvements will make it easier and more accessible to travel here

“A key gateway into the town, we know that over 9million people travel through Watford Junction each year and Clarendon Road is one of the first impressions they get of the town. That’s why it is so important to create a really appealing area and a better link from the station to the town centre.”

Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP said: “It is fantastic to see this project come to fruition. Watford has seen strong growth over the past three years and our £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment towards the regeneration of Clarendon Road, the gateway to Watford town, will help it fully live up to its growth potential and provide a more attractive and green environment for residents, visitors and businesses.”

Clarendon Road project

Published: 15th December 2021

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