Watford tube extension given green light

A planned expansion to London Underground’s Metropolitan Line all the way to Watford looks set to go ahead after clearing the last hurdle, bbc.co.uk reports.

Construction is set to begin next year on the project, which will see the tube extended to Watford Junction via Watford High Street. The development is also set to see the creation of two new stations, including one that would service Watford FC’s Vicarage Road ground.

Work on the £118 million Croxley Rail Link is set to begin next year, with the finished line set to open to the public in 2016. Once open, it will see trains between Watford and central London run every ten minutes during peak times.

This could hugely benefit Watford; pushing up house prices, making it a more desirable place to live and enabling businesses in the area to reach London’s event spaces much quicker and easier than ever before. It is also the first new railway line delivered in Hertfordshire since 1925 and the biggest infrastructure project the council has ever delivered.

Commenting after the final hurdle was cleared, cabinet member for highways, Terry Douris, told watford.gov.uk: “We’ve been talking about the Croxley Rail Link for years and this decision finally means we can move the scheme off the drawing board and make it a reality.

“Detailed design work is already underway and as part of this we will be talking to the people directly affected by the project to see what we can do to minimise any inconvenience or disruption.”