Watford High Street station to close for one week for vital renovation work

Watford High Street station will close for one week, 10-17 August as Network Rail carry out essential refurbishment works on its staircase.

Published: Friday, 26th July 2019

Watford High Street station will close for one week, 10-17 August as Network Rail carry out essential refurbishment works on its staircase.

Network Rail will replace the staircase with a new steel structure, whilst having the cast iron posts restored and reused. The glazed roof above it will also be replaced. 

For residents and visitors who use and rely on the train services regularly, a replacement bus service will run between Watford Junction and Bushey stations. Tickets will be accepted on bus routes 142 and 258 to provide alternative methods for people to complete their journeys.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The work and renovation involved at Watford High Street station may come as a slight inconvenience to residents, customers and visitors. However these renovations will help make the walkway brighter and lighter for customers and help ensure the station can continue to operate safely for many years to come.”

TFL’s General Manager for London Overground Rory O’Neill said: “I would like to thank customers for their patience while Network Rail undertakes this vital refurbishment work on the staircase at Watford High Street station.  It is never an easy decision to close a station but this short one week closure will allow the work to be completed more quickly and minimize the longer term disruption for our customers.”

Senior asset engineer for buildings at Network Rail James Woof said: “This important work to the staircase at Watford High Street station will keep it safe and open for passengers for decades to come. The £400,000 investment as part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan means the station will have to close for a week because the staircase is the only access to the station platforms.”

Watford High Street station will close at the end of service on Saturday 10 August and will re-open on August 18 at 5am and transport will continue as normal.

Customers using Watford High Street Station are reminded to check before they travel. For any further inquiries about this renovation, visit the TFL website at www.tfl.gov.uk.

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