Herts County Council is set to reaffirm that it wants to see the Metropolitan Line Extension delivered.
In an exceptional move, an emergency cross- party motion has been tabled for the County Council’s Budget Council on February 20th.
The motion has been agreed with the Conservative Leader of the Council, David Williams, and Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst.
Both councillors have condemned the action of London’s Labour Mayor to pull the plug on the scheme despite additional government funding of almost £74m.
Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst , Liberal Democrat Leader, said: “I know that Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and the County Council are lobbying at the highest levels to get Mayor Khan to see sense on this and practical benefits of the MLX that will helps both London and Hertfordshire. It seems totally crazy with the all the money being in place and TfL now planning to fund step free access at underground stations in Hertfordshire such as Rickmansworth and probably Croxley that TFL would not back a scheme that would reduce congestion and provide long term revenue for them. We just cannot understand Mayor Khan’s approach over this.”
The Liberal Democrat Leader pledged continued support for the scheme and cross party working to get it delivered suggesting that if TfL did not want to deliver it perhaps it should be opened to market to do so.