Funding agreed for Metropolitan Line extension
Work on the extension of London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction will begin next year.
The project, formerly known as the Croxley Rail Link, will see services on the existing Watford branch of the line diverted away from the current terminus. New stations will be built at Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road, and while the existing Watford LU station will be closed to passengers it will be retained as sidings for the extended railway. The aim is to complete the new link in 2020.
A full funding package for the extension has now been agreed between the Department for Transport (DfT), Hertfordshire County Council and Transport for London (TfL). This amounts to a total of £284.4 million, with £109.82 million coming from the Department for Transport, £125.35 million from local funding (including £87.85 million from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership) and the remaining £49.23 million from TfL.
A Transport and Works Act Order was approved in July 2013, providing the necessary powers to acquire land and construct and operate the extension. Construction will now be delivered by LU – previously the project was managed by Hertfordshire County Council. It is estimated that the new link will support the creation of over 6,500 permanent jobs and will deliver a £2 billion boost to the local economy.
Nick Brown, Managing Director of LU, said: ‘With the funding package complete we’re now turning all our attention to appointing contractors, finalising designs and beginning construction in 2016’.