A transformation of a station forecourt has been completed, with more improvements still to come.

Watford Borough Council says the changes at the forecourt helps bring Watford Junction into the 21st century.

The disjointed and cluttered space has been made more open and pedestrian-friendly.

One of the most noticeable additions is the large freestanding letters spelling out ‘WATFORD’.

The council describes this as a "great focal point" for the concourse and encourages visitors’ to take photos and post on social media to boost the town's profile.

New paving and lighting, lots of green planting, seating and visitor signposting along with the beginning of a heritage trail for visitors to follow are some of the additions that can be seen.

A new Beryl bike-share bay will also be installed at the front of the station from early November encouraging visitors to cycle into the town centre and commuters to use the bikes to get to onward destinations around the town.

The project involved the council, the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Network Rail, West Midland Trains, and others and is part of a major investment at Watford Junction.

The station is on track to get a new entrance and ticket hall, along with retail and refreshment outlets.

There will also be a development of the bus station, alongside 350 new homes and offices.

Clarendon Road, the road that connects the station to Watford High Street is also undergoing a major transformation aimed at providing a "more attractive gateway" for visitors.

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TKX has extended its offices and built a bridge. Clarendon Road is undergoing improvement works near the station

The transformation of the station forecourt has been part-funded by Hertfordshire LEP as part of its wider £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment towards the regeneration of Clarendon Road.

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: "It is great to see this work completed as we start the important work to improve Watford Junction and the surrounding area.

"Eight million people a year travel through Watford Junction. The station forecourt is now a much more welcoming and interesting place and provides a lot better first impression for people coming to our town."

Adam Wood, head of infrastructure & regeneration at Hertfordshire LEP, said: "The revitalised Watford Junction forecourt, with its striking ‘WATFORD’ letters art installation and welcoming atmosphere, provides station users with a greatly improved experience, and visitors with a first impression that befits this vibrant town.

"We are delighted that our investment has supported the transformation of the forecourt and Watford’s commercial thoroughfare, Clarendon Road, to benefit the town’s visitors, residents and businesses."