Transport minister visits to inspect Croxley Rail Link progress

Watford Observer: Croxley Rail Link: model inspected by transport minister Croxley Rail Link: model inspected by transport minister

A model of the new Croxley Rail Link was presented by Watford MP and transport minister Patrick Mcloughlin.

Mr Harrington invited the secretary of state to Watford to see firsthand the progress that has been made at the site following the Government’s commitment to fund the project just over two years ago.

Mr Mcloughlin said: "The whole thing is about getting the right level of infrastructure.

"That’s very important for jobs too. It’s about getting investment into the area."

However, the minister could not give a definite number of companies committed to coming to Watford as a result of the new transport links.

Mr Mcloughlin continued: "I am reassured a number of companies have expressed interest as soon as we got the infrastructure investment."

Track clearance at the West Watford site, on Ascot Road, is currently underway.

Drainage investigations, surveys of electrical cables and communications cabling and geological investigations are also progressing ready for construction to begin later this year.

Earlier this month the planning applications for the station designs were passed unanimously, and trains are set to be operational on the new Rail Link at the end of 2017.

The new link is expected to ease congestion on local roads, improve access to Watford General Hospital, Watford Football Club and the Watford and Croxley Business Parks. Around 2,700 homes will fall within 800m of a Metropolitan Link Station once the new line is up and running.

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5:27pm Fri 2 May 14

TRT says...

Have they decided on the colour of the bridge yet?
Have they decided on the colour of the bridge yet? TRT
  • Score: 8

6:25pm Fri 2 May 14

gusgreen says...

Should have been finished end 2016 now end 2017.
Why is it nothing that is built in this country can be constructed on time to the original timescale?
Should have been finished end 2016 now end 2017. Why is it nothing that is built in this country can be constructed on time to the original timescale? gusgreen
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Fri 2 May 14

The Rover says...

gusgreen wrote:
Should have been finished end 2016 now end 2017.
Why is it nothing that is built in this country can be constructed on time to the original timescale?
I agree. I am still amazed that the 2012 Olympics happened in 2012!
[quote][p][bold]gusgreen[/bold] wrote: Should have been finished end 2016 now end 2017. Why is it nothing that is built in this country can be constructed on time to the original timescale?[/p][/quote]I agree. I am still amazed that the 2012 Olympics happened in 2012! The Rover
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Fri 2 May 14

Retlas says...

As I near retirement, living in Croxley and transport becomes an ever large importance to my wife and myself, I cannot understand the negative comments on this project.

It is a mammoth task that is being undertaken and delays, surely, will occur to its construction.

It is an alternative route into Watford for myself and vice versa for Watford residents to reach London via a different route.

I'm sure that the link, will eventualy, be very well used and popular.
As I near retirement, living in Croxley and transport becomes an ever large importance to my wife and myself, I cannot understand the negative comments on this project. It is a mammoth task that is being undertaken and delays, surely, will occur to its construction. It is an alternative route into Watford for myself and vice versa for Watford residents to reach London via a different route. I'm sure that the link, will eventualy, be very well used and popular. Retlas
  • Score: 20

5:06am Sun 4 May 14

Hampermill-Mike says...

Retlas wrote:
As I near retirement, living in Croxley and transport becomes an ever large importance to my wife and myself, I cannot understand the negative comments on this project.

It is a mammoth task that is being undertaken and delays, surely, will occur to its construction.

It is an alternative route into Watford for myself and vice versa for Watford residents to reach London via a different route.

I'm sure that the link, will eventualy, be very well used and popular.
Well said, it would probably have been decided quicker if some people had been more positive and not worried about colour of bridges and the like. I am just sorry it won't have a better link to the other side of the valley in Oxhey.
[quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: As I near retirement, living in Croxley and transport becomes an ever large importance to my wife and myself, I cannot understand the negative comments on this project. It is a mammoth task that is being undertaken and delays, surely, will occur to its construction. It is an alternative route into Watford for myself and vice versa for Watford residents to reach London via a different route. I'm sure that the link, will eventualy, be very well used and popular.[/p][/quote]Well said, it would probably have been decided quicker if some people had been more positive and not worried about colour of bridges and the like. I am just sorry it won't have a better link to the other side of the valley in Oxhey. Hampermill-Mike
  • Score: 1

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