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TfL returns £2.3million back to borough council for Croxley rail link scheme

 Published on: 27th June 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

Over £2million that was invested into the Met Line extension at Croxley Green has been returned to Watford Borough Council says The Mayor of Watford.

In a public letter Peter Taylor said that £2.3million was returned by Transport for London which the council committed to the scheme back in 2015.

The Elected Mayor said he was “bitterly disappointed” the London Mayor Sadiq Kahn decided to pull the plug on the plans despite that the project was already fully funded.

The Met Line Extension (MLX) was set to extend the Metropolitan Line from Croxley to Watford Junction via Vicarage Road and Cassiobridge.

The Mayor has commissioned a study with Hertfordshire County Council and TfL to look at alternative schemes that could run on the Croxley Rail Link.

Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said: “Far from being the ‘brainchild’ of Boris Johnson, the extension of the Metropolitan Line is a major strategic transport project that was championed by Dorothy Thornhill when she was mayor, and has been consistently supported by councillors and MPs for several decades.

“Long before Boris Johnson was London Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill and TfL under Ken Livingstone worked on this plan. It would serve our hospital, our football ground, West Watford and our business parks. 

“The scheme would have delivered millions of pounds into our local economy, provide new local jobs and provide a critical east-west link.

“I will continue to do all I can to fight for our town, improve our transport infrastructure and deliver an alternative that will be a huge benefit to everyone who travels in Watford.”

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