Richard Harrington MP has confirmed this morning, following a meeting at the Treasury, that a deal has been secured for the Croxley Rail Link to move forward.
The Rail Link will see the Metropolitan Line extended to Watford Junction, and new stations built at Vicarage Road and Ascot Road. Access will be improved to the Hospital, football ground, business parks, and to wider West Watford.
Last week, Richard reported that a decision was due to be made soon, as he had entered into the final phase of discussions for Transport for London to take over the management of the project. At the meeting this morning, the deal was finalised and TfL have now taken over the project with support and further backing from the Treasury.
Richard said; “I am absolutely delighted, this is really positive news for Watford. I’ve had extensive meetings with Boris Johnson, the DfT and others, and this morning the Treasury. This was the final hurdle, and I look forward to seeing the construction start soon.
The Croxley Rail Link was first floated as an idea in the 1920’s, which seems crazy, it was one of those things which people never thought was really going to happen – I remember my dad saying to me in the 80s that it was pie in the sky and we’d never see it done. Little did I think then, that I would be announcing this final step today! I made the Rail Link one of my priorities in 2010, I thought it had been talked about for far too long and we needed action – which is exactly what I did. The Government are investing millions of pounds in this, in Watford, and it will make such a difference to the town.
As this has now all been finalised and confirmed, I intend to move forward and renew discussions for the retention of Watford Metropolitan Line Station as well as linking Crossrail to Watford Junction and improvements on the Abbey Line and at Bushey Station.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said “The Croxley Rail Link would not have come about without Richard Harrington’s gumption and determination to get this on London’s radar. Richard has campaigned vociferously to show the huge positive impact the Metropolitan Line extension will have on local transport, the hospital, and Watford’s economy.”
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, added “The Croxley rail link will open up new economic opportunities that will have real benefits for people living in and around Watford. Investment like this in Watford is possible because of the Conservative’s Long-Term Economic plan. Richard Harrington’s hard work as a Conservative MP ensured I was aware of this project and its importance to the area.”
Patrick McLoughin, Transport Secretary, said: “Richard Harrington made an excellent and compelling case for the Croxley link. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Watford and is to be congratulated on securing ministerial support. I am delighted that the Croxley link is another project that this government can confirm as we undertake the biggest upgrade of our railways since Victorian times.”