Safety improvements to a "dangerous" route in Kings Langley are to be carried out tomorrow.

Following years of campaigning by road safety organisation, C76 group, works will be carried out in the C76 route, which covers Lower Road, Railway Terrace and Station Road.

Lasting about 15 weeks, from 7.30am to 6pm, Hertfordshire Highways will be carrying out the improvements as part of a planning agreement with the developers of the former Ovaltine factory site.

Hertfordshire County Council and the developer will share the cost of the scheme.

Helen Lehrle, who set up the C76 group, said: “I am delighted to hear the news and hope residents all the way along are happy with the result.

“We will be officially opening the bridge with members of parliament and Abbots Langley councillors as soon as it’s completed.

“We realise works will cause disturbance to commuters, but it will be worth it - safety of residents is paramount.”

The main part of the work is the creation of a footway through Hyde Lane Railway Bridge which does not have segregated pedestrian access - improving routes to Kings Langley schools and providing a pedestrian link between two areas previously severed by the railway bridge.

New footways, pedestrian crossings, improved bus stops, traffic signals and waiting restrictions, plus an additional crossing point at Home Park Mill Link Road is included in the schedule.

Hertfordshire Highways will also carry out drainage maintenance and resurfacing work at the same time to minimise disruption and reduce the amount of traffic management needed.

For safety reasons, the railway tunnel will be closed for about four weeks from April 6. There will be a signed diversion route via the High Street (A4251).

During resurfacing work, localised road closures will be needed, but access for emergency vehicles and to properties will be maintained at all times.

County Councillor Stuart Pile said: "A top priority for us is the safety and convenience of all road users and the Kings Langley scheme will deliver a range of significant safety improvements for pedestrians and bus users on this main route to the town.”

Before planning the scheme, Hertfordshire Highways carried out investigations into traffic flows, speeds and accident records, as well as examining how pedestrians move around the area.

These were then presented to local councillors and residents for extensive consultation.