Two schemes in Watford are set to progress after a council received millions of pounds.

Several projects across Hertfordshire are in line to see some temporary measures upgraded to permanent installations, with the county council having been awarded £6.4 million by the Department for Transport.

This comes following a successful bid for a share of the second phase of the Active Travel Fund grant, which supports local authorities to create safer, easier to use spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

The first phase of funding allocated to Hertfordshire in June (£1.25m) enabled the county council to implement a range of temporary active travel projects, including temporary cycle lanes, closures of road sections to through traffic, new cycle parking, and upgrading of temporary measures to allow for social distancing in town and city centres.

As a result of the successful bid, a crossing in Wiggenhall Road is set to be improved while a permanent segregated cycle lane is also set to be introduced in the road in place of a temporary one.

Meanwhile, the council says there will be a potential junction upgrade for pedestrians, cyclists and buses on a "key" Hempstead Road route in the Cassiobury Estate & Stratford Way, Hempstead Road area.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment at Hertfordshire County Council said: “I am delighted that Hertfordshire has been awarded £6.4m in funding from the Government’s Active Travel Fund to further develop our green travel network.

"These improvements will encourage and empower many more people to travel in an active and environmentally friendly way, which in turn will deliver significant long-term benefits to the health and wellbeing of our residents and reduce our impact on the environment.

“We want everyone in Hertfordshire to be able to walk and cycle safely, and this important investment will allow the development of further access for all, helping to make the county more sustainable and ready for the future.”

In order to obtain the views of residents, businesses and stakeholders the proposed schemes will be subject to a consultation later this year prior to their implementation.