Thomas Sawyer Way runs for a mile and a half from Dalton Way to Watford General Hospital and will significantly speed up journeys to and from the hospital, including for blue light vehicles, whose emergency times to A&E will be reduced thanks to the improved route through the south of Watford.
The new road is named after Captain Tom Sawyer, a Watford resident killed in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with the Royal Artillery. The Health Campus Partnership considered the naming of the road after Tom to be a fitting and memorable tribute to an individual who gave so much for his country.
The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) gave the scheme a loan of £6m to encourage and support jobs and business in the local area. It is delighted at the announcement of the launch of the new road which marks the successful completion of the first phase of the Watford Health Campus scheme, giving the green light to the rest of the development by opening up access to the whole site. Construction works have already started on the first business zone, Trade City Watford, which will provide 70,000 sq. ft. of new business space. Plans are progressing on the design for the first phase of the residential area. On completion, this residential zone will create attractive and open green space as well as great riverside walks for the whole community.
The Hertfordshire LEP is also pleased that a project it supports has had a big impact on training and employment in the borough. Eleven 16-24 year-olds have undertaken work experience or training with VolkerFitzpatrick, the contractors delivering the project in partnership with the Watford Health Campus partners, and 121 local people have found jobs.
Adam Wood, Infrastructure Delivery Manager for the LEP said: "The opening of the road marks a significant milestone in the delivery of this project which, coupled with the redevelopment of Watford Business Park and the Metropolitan Line Extension, is expected to have a transformative effect on the town and the wider surroundings. Our commitment to the regeneration of Watford has been demonstrated in our investment to date with £6m allocated to Watford Health Campus, and related projects, to ensure the infrastructure is in place to support development on site."