Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, has demanded that Transport for London (TfL) return the money handed over to them for the ill-fated Met Line extension that would connect Croxley to Watford via the Metropolitan line.
The scheme was cancelled in January of this year, but money from Hertfordshire County Council and the Department for Transport (DfT) had already been paid, money which Peter Taylor is now in the process of clawing back.
Taylor, who was elected as Mayor of Watford in May, has said that once he gets the money back, he will reinvest it another solution and in the meantime, will protect the land earmarked for the scheme from other development.
He said: “This scheme is just too important to our town to fall by the wayside.
“It could bring thousands of jobs to Watford and bring hundreds of millions of pounds into our local economy.
“We need a link here because the town is growing.
“The roads are congested and although it’s a successful town, we need that infrastructure.
“Thousands travel from north London to Watford and it won’t just benefit our residents, but those further out, too.”
Mayor Taylor has held meetings to look at alternatives, with both light rail and guided bus schemes both considered as possibilities.