The Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor met with senior officers at TfL yesterday (Wednesday) to try and secure an alternative to the stalled Met Line Extension Scheme.
The scheme is currently is effectively stopped since the Mayor of London decided to pull the plug on the scheme in January after a dispute about risk costs.
The meeting centred around looking at alternatives to the current scheme, including a potential light rail alternative if a tube extension was not financially possible.
TfL conceded that the current tube scheme was dead since the London Mayor pulled the plug on it in January. However, they agreed to work with the Borough Council, County Council and other Funding Partners to support an alternative.
They also agreed to look into returning funds sunk into the previous scheme the County Council, Local Enterprise Partnership and Watford Borough Council.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor 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. If we can’t get the tube proposals as they stand, it’s important to look at the alternatives available, including a potential light rail link or a guided bus scheme.’
‘I’m really pleased to have met with senior officers at Tfl to have a proper look at the alternatives. We also made the case to get funds returned to the funding partners for the previous scheme, which was agreed to by the officers present.’
‘I’m determined as your Mayor to champion our town and I will carry on trying to do all I can to secure an alternative to the link’.
The meeting was also attended by a representative from the County Council and Manny Lewis, the Managing Director of Watford Borough Council.