Watford High Street station will close for one week in August due to refurbishment work on an ageing staircase.

It will be replaced as part of a £400,000 Network Rail investment. A new steel structure will be fitted, and the original cast iron posts are set to be restored and reused.

The glazed roof above the staircase will also be replaced to make the walkway brighter and lighter for passengers.

The station will close after services finish on Saturday 10th August and re-open at 5.00am on Sunday 18th August.

During the closure a replacement bus service will operate to the neighbouring stations of Watford Junction and Bushey. Tickets will be accepted on local bus routes 142 and 258 to give people alternative ways to complete their journeys.

Additional staff will be in place to help customers with information and provide advice on alternative routes.

James Woof, senior asset engineer for buildings at Network Rail, said: “This important work to the staircase at Watford High Street station will keep it safe and open for passengers for decades to come.

“We know this will inconvenience passengers in the short-term, but once refurbished, it will mean less maintenance and disruption for local rail users in the years to come.”