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Contractor appointed to build Croxley Rail Link  

Contractor appointed to build Croxley Rail Link

10 April 2013

Hertfordshire County Council has appointed Watford-based Vinci Construction UK Ltd to carry out the detailed design and construction of the Croxley Rail Link, following a competitive procurement process.

Over the next year, Vinci will carry out the detailed engineering design for the £118m scheme to bring the London Underground to the centre of Watford. Construction of the new link, including laying track and building a new viaduct over the A412 and Grand Union Canal, will begin in 2014 subject to ministerial approval.

The scheme, which will be the largest infrastructure project the county council has ever delivered, will support growth and economic development in south-west Hertfordshire as well as improving connections into London and reducing the strain on Watford’s road network.

Rob Smith, Deputy Director of Environment at Hertfordshire County Council said “We’ve appointed a contractor now because, even though we need to wait for the Secretary of State’s approval before we can begin the construction phase, we want to get the detailed design work underway as soon as possible.

“We look forward to working with Vinci to move this scheme off the drawing board and on to the ground.”

The Secretary of State for Transport is currently considering the outcome of the public inquiry into the draft Transport and Works Act Order which would grant the county council and London Underground the legal powers needed to build, operate and maintain the new section of railway.

Notes for editors

  • The Croxley Rail Link is a proposed diversion and extension of the Watford Branch of the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction via Watford High Street. New stations will be provided on the new rail link at Ascot Road, which forms a park and ride site for the area, and Vicarage Road serving the Watford General Hospital and the proposed Watford Health Campus development.
  • As part of the proposals the existing Watford Metropolitan terminus station will close to passenger services, subject to approval by the Mayor of London.
  • Hertfordshire County Council, London Underground, Network Rail, Watford Borough