Work has started at Watford’s new market site this week.

A new illuminated brick footpath, enabling shoppers to reach the market from Beechen Grove and Clarendon Road, is being built, just one of several areas of work that is being undertaken before the main contractors begin on site at the beginning of April.

The contractors have now been confirmed as TSP, a local company based in Hatfield.

Elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill said: "It’s great news that work has finally started, and excitement is growing ahead of the main construction commencing. As well as the pathway, new lighting and railings are being installed and trees planted.

"The council is creating a modern market that will look and feel different to the existing market. The current market has been losing business for years and the Charter Place building it is housed in is uneconomical to maintain. For the market to survive we need to make sure that we have an exciting, fit for purpose retail environment for traders and shoppers alike."

Watford Market, will open in September, moving to a fully covered, purpose-built- two story market next to the former TJ Hughes building that will be open five days a week.