We have now submitted our planning application for the proposed improvement scheme on Queens Road.
The plans include the installation of a set of fully glazed, automatic doors at each end of the section of Queens Road that passes through intu Watford, as well as a range of improvements to the area in general.
The doors and wider enhancements are aimed at making the area safer and more inviting, preventing cycling-related accidents and creating a more attractive space, especially at The Broadway end of Queens Road.
The glazed doors will be open at all times, opening automatically during the day before being fixed open outside of our trading hours, in order to maintain a 24/7 public link.
Following public consultation in June, and feedback from councillors and the local community, the overall proposals have been subject to a number of changes and improvements.
These include new landscaping, lighting, cycle storage and paving. They also include extensive new signage to help promote nearby businesses close to the shopping centre and to increase awareness that Queens Road provides a direct route between the High Street area of the town centre, The Broadway north of the ring road, and beyond to Watford Junction station.
The plans also now include a business directory, which will be located on a stand near the Beechen Grove underpass to compliment the new signs and promote all the shops and services along The Broadway.
A new public seating and children’s play area is also included to help create a welcoming public open space at The Broadway end of the crossing.
Vicki Costello, general manager of intu Watford, comments: “Our public consultation has really helped us improve our proposals for Queens Road so thank you to everybody who took the time to visit our exhibition and feedback. The majority of responses we received were very much in favour of the improvement plans, especially from parents with children and lots of people who have had near misses with cyclists not dismounting at the crossing.
She added: “If the plans are approved the public link will remain open and fully accessible at all times, whilst the area in general will be much safer, as well as a lot more welcoming for all users.”
Our planning application has been submitted to Watford Borough Council and details can be viewed on the council website.
Any questions about the proposals can be put to the intu Watford project team via Freephone 0800 0356 480.