How much is the scheme going to cost?
The anticipated total cost of the project is £116.8 million.
This includes adjustments for inflation and risk contingency.
Where is the funding coming from?
We have submitted a Major Scheme Business case and Expression of
Interest to the Department for Transport (DfT) who are conducting
an assessment of the scheme. It is expected that £76.24 million
will come from the DfT (central government) and £40.56 million
(35%) from local contributions.
Why was the Croxley Green branch line closed in the
A reasonable train service has not operated on these lines since
the late 1980s and the line was finally severed in 1996 as it was
uneconomical to continue to run a service. Lack of demand was
mainly due to a lack of direct services to London combined with an
economic downturn that severely affected jobs and industry in the
West Watford area during the mid 1980s and 1990s. The line was
formally closed in 2002 with the intention of facilitating the
Croxley Rail Link.
The Croxley Rail Link will form part of the London Underground
network and as such will be subject to a much higher service
frequency and greater connectivity with London.
Where will the new stations be?
It is intended that one station will be adjacent to Ascot Road
and one adjacent to Vicarage Road to serve Watford Hospital. See
Is Watford Metropolitan station closing?
It is intended that Watford Metropolitan station will close once
the new service is operational. There will be a brand new station
at Ascot Road 1.2km away (15 minutes walk) which will cater for the
existing users of Watford Metropolitan station.
London Underground will follow the statutory station closure
What will the service be like?
The new link will form part of the London Underground
The proposed service pattern would result in a 10 minute service
interval during peak hours and a 15 minute service interval during
the rest of the day.
The route will be served by new trains which LU is currently introducing to
the Metropolitan Line. These new trains feature walk through
carriages, air conditioning, improved accessibility and enhanced
security, including CCTV coverage for all carriages.
It is anticipated that operating hours will be between 05:10 -
01:15 Monday to Saturday, and 06:45 - 01:00 on Sundays.
Will the current London Overground service from Watford
Junction to Euston be affected by the Project?
No, the TfL proposals to run four London Overground trains per
hour between Watford Junction and London Euston are not affected,
and in fact, the addition of Metropolitan line services will
provide rail users at Watford Junction with up to 16 trains an hour
to London and passengers from Watford High Street with up to 10
trains an hour to London
How long will it take to build?
It is anticipated that the scheme will take approximately two
years to become operational from the start of construction,
including any testing and commissioning.
Will the Metropolitan line be closed for the
The existing line up to Watford Metropolitan station will remain
operational until completion of the new line, some closures will be
necessary towards the end of the construction period to connect the
How much of an increase in noise is
Some noise is unavoidable; however, the new trains are
significantly quieter than both the trains that last used this
route and the current Metropolitan line trains. They have been
built with environmental considerations incorporated into the
design. Every effort will be taken to ensure any noise is kept to a
minimum. The Environmental Statement will specifically address
noise issues and stipulate any mitigation measures required in line
with the legislation.
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