Improvements to trains at Watford and Bushey stations are around the corner according to the Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor.
London Northwestern are introducing new trains to the line, which will give Watford commuters an extra 10,000 seats at peak times by May 2019, as well as upgrading out of date facilities at Watford Junction by refurbishing the lifts for passengers.
Platform 11 at Watford Junction is to be resurfaced this year and Platform 10 will be extended by May 2019.
The Mayor presented the findings of his recent commuter survey to the bosses. The findings of the survey were that:
The majority of respondents rated London Northwestern’s service in Watford as average or poor
63 per cent of commuters said that rezoning Watford stations to Zone 6 was their number one suggested improvement to Watford train services
A majority of commuters from Bushey station wanted longer and more frequent trains at rush hour
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said, ‘It was good to meet with London Northwestern and discuss the concerns of Watford’s commuters with them. I raised with the problems passengers have experienced with out of date facilities at Watford Junction, in particular for disabled passengers, and the need for more capacity along the route.’
‘I was pleased to hear about plans for 10,000 extra seats on the route by next year and about the extension of platform 10 at Watford Junction to accommodate longer trains. The lifts at Watford Junction are going be refurbished in the next few weeks, which should finally bring an end to the problems that a number of disabled residents have been having at Watford Junction.’
‘One of my key priorities when elected was to bring about better public transport in Watford to make sure that we have the infrastructure to keep up with our growth. I’ll continue to make the case for better trains services for the town’.
Mayor Peter Taylor will be meeting London Northwestern again in October.