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Croxley Rail Link gets final go ahead  

Croxley Rail Link moves forward

10 January 2014

Planning applications for the two new stations, viaduct and electricity substation for the Croxley Rail Link are being submitted this month.

Construction of the new structures was approved as part of the legal powers granted to Hertfordshire County Council and London Underground last summer, but the detailed designs must first be approved by Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council, who will consider the applications in the early spring.

Meanwhile, overgrown vegetation along the Croxley Rail Link route will continue to be cleared over the next few months by contractors working for Hertfordshire County Council. Trees and bushes have sprung up along the disused line and contractors have been on site since mid-December, using machinery to clear the line ahead of construction work, which is due to start later in 2014.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said "We've chosen to clear the overgrown vegetation from the disused line at this time of year as it's the time that will be least disruptive to local wildlife.

"We're making good progress with the on-site investigations and are gathering a lot of important information that we need to finalise the engineering designs and timetable."

The clearance is the latest in a series of preparatory works. Ground investigations to gather geological information are continuing and surveys of possible electricity cables, water pipes, sewers and communications cabling are being carried out.

Hertfordshire County Council and London Underground now expect that trains will be running on the new link in 2017, later than originally planned.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said "We've been working closely with London Underground to ensure our construction programme is coordinated with their works to modernise the existing sections of the Metropolitan Line. As a result we've had to make some changes to the project timetable.

"While this means it will take a little longer to get the new rail link up and running, it does give us tighter control of costs and greater certainty that we can complete our elements of the scheme on time."

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said, "It is good news that planning applications are about to be made and that preparatory work has started as the Croxley Rail Link is a key transport improvement for the town. The delay to 2017 does not affect our big projects as we always knew that a complicated scheme like this may have some slippage."

Notes for editors

  • Watford Borough Council will consider the planning applications for the new viaduct, Cassiobridge Station, Watford Vicarage Road Station and the electricity substation.
  • Three Rivers District Council will consider the planning application for the new viaduct.