Transformation of town centre gateway completed
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor was joined recently by representatives of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Watford BID to celebrate the completion of the second phase of regeneration at Clarendon Road.
This most recent phase has seen significant improvement to the junction of Clarendon Road and Beechen Grove. This includes: resurfacing of the carriageway and footways; upgrading the traffic lights, lamp columns and street furniture; tree planting and enhancing the overall look and feel of the junction to provide an improved ‘gateway’ to the town centre.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Clarendon Road is one of the town’s most important hubs for businesses and visitors. With national and international businesses basing their headquarters there, we need to ensure our town’s infrastructure matches the ambitions they have for their businesses. Watford Junction is the busiest train station in Hertfordshire with millions of people passing through it every year. Clarendon Road is the first impression many people have of the town, which is why it is so important to create a really appealing area and a more welcoming link from the station to the town centre.”
Led by Watford Borough Council, the £9.8m Clarendon Road transformation programme is supported by £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire LEP and £5m from Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, with contributions from local developers and support from Watford BID.
Adam Wood, Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP said: “Watford has seen strong and substantial growth over the past three years and our £4.8m investment will help the town fully live up to its growth potential for the benefit of businesses, visitors and residents alike. The first two of phases of regeneration at Clarendon Road are now complete and we are delighted to see how the work carried out has transformed a previously over-congested through-road into a lively and attractive gateway to the town centre, designed to stand the test of time.”
A whole host of major improvements will take place on Clarendon Road until March 2025 to enhance both its role as a hub for business and employment, as well as provide a more attractive and pleasant place for the town’s residents and visitors.