Posted: Friday 26th January 2018
Recently it was announced that the funding is now not in place for the Metropolitan Line extension to Watford and Transport for London are looking at alternative schemes.
David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council said:
“We are hugely disappointed that, despite our best efforts, and a commitment to fund the scheme from ourselves, central government and others, Transport for London is not willing to help us make the project to extend the Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction (MLX) a reality.”
“It really does feel like a short-sighted decision by TfL and completely at odds with the Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan which is seeking to increase collaboration across the Wider South East and adopt a strategic approach to transport.”
“The benefits of improving sustainable transport links not just with Central London but also across North West London remain clear. Commuters are not just travelling in one direction. London residents commute into Watford for jobs with employers such TJX Europe (parent company of TK Maxx) and KPMG. MLX would also transform Metropolitan Line connectivity with the West Coast Mainline at Watford Junction, as well as unlocking housing development to help meet housing needs across the wider area.
“As concrete evidence of the significance of the plans, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport offered a further £73.4m to the fund scheme.”
“The County Council, as the sponsor of MLX, will continue to work with Watford Borough Council, the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, local MP Richard Harrington and central government to try and find a way to move the project forward.”