Watford roads and rail could benefit from £30 million Government grant

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A Hertfordshire organisation is bidding for more than £30 million from a Government fund to improve the rail and road network around Watford.

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has applied for more than £12 million to help complete the Croxley Rail Link scheme and £11 million for road improvements between Watford and Hemel Hempstead.

The partnership, which comprises of businesses, academics, and local politicians, has applied to a new £2 billion Government fund for economically beneficial projects.

John Gourd, chairman of Hertfordshire LEP, said: "We are delighted to announce our plans for Hertfordshire - the county has world class businesses and world class people, and we will deliver the transport, homes and skills we need to keep growing. It’s been great to have so much support from local businesses, politicians and residents, and we plan to keep working together to make sure that Hertfordshire continues to be a great place to live, work and do business".

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11:07am Wed 2 Apr 14

D_Penn says...

I'm not sure why 11 million is needed for road improvements between Watford and Hemel Hempstead. That route seems extremely well serviced with both the M1 and A41 providing fast links.

If there is 11 million going spare to help improve transport infrastructure then I'd like to see it spent in Watford to deal with the unnecessary and persistent traffic queues. As everyone who lives or works here knows, business and their employees take forever to get in and out of Watford, especially at peak times. It's none too pleasant for local residents either who have to put up with traffic belching out pollution and getting nowhere.

11 million would provide plenty of money to rip out the multitude of useless traffic light systems and move in mini-roundabouts like most of the rest of the country sensibly uses to keep traffic flowing. Then, just as we have seen at Watford Junction, we would see smoother and quicker movement around Watford to everyone's benefit.
I'm not sure why 11 million is needed for road improvements between Watford and Hemel Hempstead. That route seems extremely well serviced with both the M1 and A41 providing fast links. If there is 11 million going spare to help improve transport infrastructure then I'd like to see it spent in Watford to deal with the unnecessary and persistent traffic queues. As everyone who lives or works here knows, business and their employees take forever to get in and out of Watford, especially at peak times. It's none too pleasant for local residents either who have to put up with traffic belching out pollution and getting nowhere. 11 million would provide plenty of money to rip out the multitude of useless traffic light systems and move in mini-roundabouts like most of the rest of the country sensibly uses to keep traffic flowing. Then, just as we have seen at Watford Junction, we would see smoother and quicker movement around Watford to everyone's benefit. D_Penn
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3:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

John Dowdle says...

The fact that HLEP is having to apply for more than £12 million to help complete the Croxley Rail Link scheme is an indicator that the original business plan for the scheme is flawed.
This suggests the original proposals under-estimated the overall cost of the scheme.
How much else in the original estimations is wrong?
Is this scheme actually viable at all?
The last time this scheme was trailed in the 1990s, local people questioned the income and expenditure estimates - and the scheme was quietly dropped.
It seems the calculations made - now 20 years later - are equally unviable.
We see a considerable number of vanity projects locally consuming vast sums of money at a time when social welfare services are being under-funded in an era of austerity yet plenty of money appears to be available to enrich construction companies and their directors. Why and how is that?
The fact that HLEP is having to apply for more than £12 million to help complete the Croxley Rail Link scheme is an indicator that the original business plan for the scheme is flawed. This suggests the original proposals under-estimated the overall cost of the scheme. How much else in the original estimations is wrong? Is this scheme actually viable at all? The last time this scheme was trailed in the 1990s, local people questioned the income and expenditure estimates - and the scheme was quietly dropped. It seems the calculations made - now 20 years later - are equally unviable. We see a considerable number of vanity projects locally consuming vast sums of money at a time when social welfare services are being under-funded in an era of austerity yet plenty of money appears to be available to enrich construction companies and their directors. Why and how is that? John Dowdle
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