We are pleased to announce that progress continues with the Croxley Rail Link. Hertfordshire County Council are now in discussions with London Underground - an experienced rail provider - about the next steps for this important project. This is a project that Dorothy Thornhill has backed because it will bring jobs and investment to Watford.
David Hughes, London Underground’s Director of Major Programme Sponsorship, said: “We are supporting Hertfordshire County Council with their proposal to re-route and extend the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction. The Croxley Rail Link will improve access to public transport for local residents, lead to jobs growth in the area and provide access for Metropolitan line passengers to West Coast mainline National Rail links from Watford Junction station.”
Dorothy Thornhill, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Watford, said: “The Croxley Rail Link is a transformational project for the town, and absolutely critical to unlocking Watford’s future economic potential. It is the thread that links Watford’s major development projects together – Watford Health Campus, Ascot Road, Watford Business Park, Watford Junction Interchange and Charter Place Shopping Centre. That’s over £1.2 billion of investment to the benefit of our residents and businesses.”
The next steps are for the county council to continue discussions with London Underground and for the scheme to receive final funding approval from the Department for Transport, which is expected in March 2015. Construction is due to start in spring 2015. The target date for trains to start running on the new link is spring 2018.