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Croxley Link scheme approved

posted 25 Jul 2013, 03:59 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 04:01 ]
After almost 20, maybe 25 years of local campaigning, this week we heard that the necessary legal powers have been conferred by the DfT to Hertfordhsire County Council and Transport for London to construct the Croxley Link.

The scheme will divert the Watford branch of the Metropolitan Line shortly after Croxley Green station with a new sweeping viaduct over the A412 near the Harvester at Cassiobridge to connect up with the former British Rail tracks that then run round the back of West Watford and the Watford General Hospital Health Campus to Watford High Street and then through to Watford Junction Station. A consequence of the scheme is that the existing Metropolitan Line Watford station, in Cassiobury, will close.

Whilst it is no doubt inconvenient for those who current use Watford Met in Cassiobury (their nearest alternative station will be near Ascot Road - the station might be called Cassiobridge), our view from Chorleywood is that this will offer significant benefits for transport connections into Watford Junction from both Chorleywood and Rickmansworth, as well as further afield in Buckinghamshire. Many local residents in Chorleywood look to Watford as our regional shopping centre as well as our local General Hospital amongst many other facilities and services, and the existing transport arrangements are far from perfect.

As the Chorleywood Residents' Assoication supported the scheme with the caveat that some transitionary arrangements were put in place to support local residents from the loss of use of Watford Met station, we are very pleased to hear Hertfordshire County Council as the scheme's main backer along with Transport for London who will run the service as an extension of the Metropolitan Line have now finally got approval to proceed. The scheme is due to take 3 years to construct, and is scheduled to commence service in 2016.

For more information about the scheme visit the Croxley Rail link website or the Croxley Rail Link on wikipedia.