Croxley Rail Link proposal moves forward...
(14th February 2011)
A decision taken by the Department of Transport today to take the Croxley Rail Link proposal forward has been welcomed by the both the Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill and Watford’s MP, Richard Harrington.
Norman Baker MP - the Minister responsible for Transport - has included the Croxley Rail Link in a ‘development pool’ along with a selection of other proposed transport projects from around the country. These will now be investigated and developed further, with each proposal submitting Best and Final Funding Bids in September 2011. A final decision is expected in December.
The selection of the Croxley Rail Link has been accredited to an excellent proposal from both Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire Country Council, a targeted meeting held with both Mayor Thornhill and Watford MP Richard Harrington and the Minister.
Mayor Thornhill said: “This announcement is a big day for Watford. We are one step nearer to the Rail Link. Our ‘two pronged pincer movement’ seems to have worked so far. It is a good scheme, the business case is strong and it is deliverable.”
Mr Harrington said: “I am delighted that we are now in the final stages of consideration for the Croxley Rail Link proposal. This is exciting news for Watford, and I will be doing everything I can to support the proposal as it goes forward.”
The Mayor and MP are disappointed that the Watford Junction scheme, also up for consideration, failed to get through to the next round. However this is a strong project with significant commitment from private sector partners and we will now be looking to other emerging government financing routes to ensure that the wider potential of the Watford Junction site is realised.