Start of initial on-site works for Croxley Rail Link
3 June 2013
Following the appointment last month of Watford-based Taylor Woodrow to carry out the detailed design and construction of the Croxley Rail Link, some initial ecological surveys will be conducted throughout June.
A team of four to six people will be carrying out the surveys, which will include minor hand clearance of vegetation to enable safe access to the site. The information gained from the surveys will inform the detailed design for the £118m scheme to bring the London Underground to the centre of Watford.
Construction of the new link, including laying track and building a new viaduct over the A412 and Grand Union Canal, will begin in 2014 subject to ministerial approval. The Secretary of State for Transport is currently considering the outcome of the public inquiry into the draft Transport and Works Act Order which would grant Hertfordshire County Council and London Underground the legal powers needed to build, operate and maintain the new section of railway.
Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways and Waste Management at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “The Croxley Rail Link scheme will be the largest infrastructure project the county council has ever delivered, bringing significant benefits to residents and business. It will support growth and economic development in south-west Hertfordshire as well as improving connections into London and reducing the strain on Watford’s road network.”