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Croxley Rail Link gets final go ahead  

Survey works to start along Croxley Rail Link route

29 July 2013

Detailed site surveys for the Croxley Rail Link will begin in mid-August following the Secretary of State’s approval of the scheme last week.

Topographical surveys to gather land information will take place from August to the end of October. Ground investigations to gather geological information will run from September to November.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Now that we’ve had approval to construct the new rail link, we’re not going to waste any time getting the works underway.

“These surveys will help our engineers draw up detailed designs and make sure we’re in a position to start construction works in the spring.”

Affected landowners will be contacted directly by Hertfordshire County Council.

Hertfordshire County Council and London Underground have recently been granted the legal powers needed to build, operate and maintain the Croxley Rail Link. Construction of the new link, including laying track and building a new viaduct over the A412 and Grand Union Canal, 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.

The Croxley Rail Link scheme will be the largest infrastructure project the county council has ever delivered. It 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.

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.