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Second phase of High Street improvement works well underway
The second phase of the High Street improvement works, led by Watford Borough Council in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Watford BID, is now well underway.
The High Street transformation so far has already proved successful, with better access for pedestrians and cyclists. Bollards are now in place to prevent vehicles from illegally driving through the town centre. This, coupled with widened pavements, upgraded bus shelters, waste bins and the relocation of the taxi and blue badge bays has all resulted in an improved town centre experience for residents and visitors to the town.
The first phase of the major High Street transformation finished last week and the second phase, which is due to be finished by the end of October, focuses on renovating the High Street from 102 High Street (outside Café Nero) to Market Street. The bus stops in the High Street at stops M, N and O along Beechen Grove have been suspended. The resurfacing of the bus lay-by was completed on Tuesday 4 September and bus services are now serving these stops once again. Bus passengers are encouraged to check before they travel by visiting intalink.org.uk
To help direct passengers, seven large free standing signs supported by several smaller ones are in place. On completion of phase two works the council will be providing more bus stops in the centre of the town by introducing a new stop E near NatWest.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: I’m grateful to everyone for their patience during the High Street works so far. With phase one now finished, we have invested in making sure that people are aware that buses are now travelling through the High Street. Getting used to these changes will take some time, but we’re already seeing people getting used to the buses being routed through the High Street. Our contactor Murrill’s has been helping to direct and manage crowds and staff are helping people to cross the road safely at Market Street. We are almost there with the transformation so please do bear with us for a little bit longer – it will be worth the wait.”