Croxley Rail Link gets final go ahead
24 July 2013
Hertfordshire County Council and London Underground have been granted the legal powers needed to build, operate and maintain the Croxley Rail Link.
The move represents the final go ahead for the £118m scheme, which will be the largest infrastructure project the county council has ever delivered and the first new railway line built in the county since 1925.
The county council-led scheme will see the Metropolitan Line re-routed and extended 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.
The new rail link 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.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said, “This is great news. We’ve been talking about the Croxley Rail Link for years and this decision finally means we can move the scheme off the drawing board and make it a reality.
“Detailed design work is already underway, and as part of this we will be talking to the people directly affected by the project to see what we can do to minimise any inconvenience or disruption.”
Construction work on the Scheme is due to begin in 2014. A more detailed works programme is currently being compiled and will be published once detailed engineering designs are completed. The target date for trains to start running on the new link is 2016.
Notes for editors
- The Secretary of State for Transport has issued a Transport and Works Act Order for the scheme granting the planning permissions, access rights and land transfers necessary for the scheme to go ahead.
- The Mayor of London has agreed to the closure of the existing Watford Metropolitan terminus station to passenger services as part of the scheme.
- Hertfordshire County Council, London Underground, Network Rail, Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council are working in partnership to deliver the project.