Doubt over Croxley extension

Funding problems are again dogging the planned Metropolitan Line extension into Watford Junction via the Croxley Link.

THE Mayoral Business Plan published in December 2016 made no explicit reference to the Croxley Link extension, raising fears about the plan to run Metropolitan Line trains into Watford Junction station.

A view of the closed Croxley Green branch at Watford West in April 2014 after clearance work as part of the proposed Metropolitan Line Croxley Link. Watford West is not planned to be reopened, although there would be a station nearby at Watford Vicarage Road. Note the track is still in place from when the line was officially closed in 2003, although the last services actually ran in 1996. Gumboot50/Creative Commons

If given the green light, the works will result in the closure of the Met’s existing Watford terminus and re-route the line to Watford Junction via the closed former British Rail Croxley Green branch and a new section of track. If completed, the project will provide better transport access to Watford Football Club’s Vicarage Road ground, and also to the local hospital campus – reducing reliance on road transport just as the population in the area is expected to grow by an anticipated 15% by 2030.

The absence of any reference to the extension in the business plan has raised concerns that the project may be delayed or even cancelled, with Transport for London appearing to quietly forget about the project by failing to make any reference to it.

Read more in the March issue of RE – out now!

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