Footpath improvements in Watford have been completed this week as part of a public realm improvement scheme.

The pathways between St Albans Road and Watford Junction have been re-done by the borough council to boost safety and accessibility.

Phase two of the project was completed on December 4 and included refurbishing the steps leading down to the main Bridle Path, improving the lighting, resurfacing the Network Rail path, trimming back overhanging vegetation and refreshing the crossing by the entrance to the station car park.

Watford Observer: Cllr Ian Stotesbury and Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor. Cllr Ian Stotesbury and Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor. (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “Pedestrian safety is paramount. The new surface is smoother and a more user-friendly walking surface for people of all ages and abilities. It’s also better for commuters using Watford Junction.

“We also refreshed the area with a clean and some anti-graffiti coating to prevent vandalism and maintain the visual appeal of our town.”

Watford Observer: Mayor of Watford outside Watford Junction. Mayor of Watford outside Watford Junction. (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Phase one of the improvement project, completed in March, focused on resurfacing the footpath from the subway entrance through to where the Network Rail footpath starts.

Cllr Ian Stotesbury, portfolio holder for transport and sustainability, added: “This will make a huge difference for local people. We are committed to delivering even more improvements in the future.

"It is so important to make changes that make walking a pleasant and safe experience for everyone."