Clarendon Road undergoing major transformation works

Clarendon Road is undergoing further major transformation works, which will see pavements, roads and the general look of the area overhauled.

The £9.828million Clarendon Road transformation programme is being led by Watford Borough Council and is supported by a £4.828million Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire LEP, plus £5million from Watford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, contributions from local developers, with support from Watford BID as well.

Work to begin the second phase to improve the junction of Clarendon Road and Beechen Grove in Watford got underway on Monday 7 January. Planned improvements include resurfacing of the carriageway and footways, upgrading the traffic lights, lamp columns and street furniture and enhancing the overall look and feel of the junction to create an improved ‘gateway’ to the town centre.

The preparation work, which included filling in the underused subway under Beechen Grove, started in September 2018 and the major work starting this week is due to be completed by late April 2019.

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. 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.”

The improvement works include removing the right hand lane from Beechen Grove into Clarendon Road, upgrading two sets of traffic signals, improving the pedestrian and cycling facilities over the junction, enhancing the paving areas to match the works carried out by intu, resurfacing of the carriageway and improving the area towards the market entrance.

There will be times during the works when vehicle lane closures will be necessary and, near the end of the programme, some overnight road closures will enable resurfacing to be completed. Residents and businesses will be given notice of closures and will be kept informed about the work as it progresses.