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Watford Met Station campaigners: 'There is no reason for it to close'
Campaigners collected signatures outside Watford Metropolitan Station this morning objecting to plans to close it.
Weeks after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed the station would not be open to passengers after the Croxley Rail Link extension opens in 2016.
However activists are now campaigning for Mr Johnson to reopen an inquiry into the station’s future and consider running a shuttle service from it.
This morning Adham Fisher, a Tube Challenger who has attempted the Guinness World Record for visiting all the stations on the London Underground, joined the campaign.
Mr Fisher, from Leicester, said he came to Watford Met today as he did not feel the station had to close as part of the rail link.
He said: "This station serves a lot of people. From what I have read, a lot of people in Watford think it’s isolated.
"Everyone here is in favour of the Croxley Rail Link and the connections and economic benefits it will bring. But they are not in favour of the station closing and there is no reason that it should."
The Croxley Rail Link, which received the legal go-ahead last month, will see the Metropolitan Line routed from Croxley station through two new ones in Ascot Road and Vicarage Road, before connecting with Watford High Street Station and terminating at Watford Junction.
Under the current plans Watford Met will be used as a siding for trains.
Lester Wagman, the organiser of the campaign to save Watford Met, said the campaigners were writing to the Mayor of London asking him to look at maintaining a reduced shuttle service to Watford Met.
The 48-year-old web apps designer, from Vicarage Road, added: "We are not against the Croxley Rail Link at all but we don’t think this station needs to close.
"We are proposing they keep it open with a reduced service.
"The Mayor (of Watford) and the MP have left us in the lurch because finding names for the new stations is easier than trying to keep this station open."
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