Thursday 16 March 2017

Metropolitan Line Extension To Watford Junction Facing Scrap Because of Funding Gap

Metropolitan Line

Metropolitan line extension to Watford Junction could be axed or drastically delayed due to a £50 million shortfall.

In a letter to London Assembly Tories, Transport for London said the project “cannot be delivered” with the current funding package of £284.4 million.

Robert Niven, TfL’s head of line extensions, wrote that “more than £50 million will be required on top of our [TfL’s contribution of] £49 million”.

The project had a completion date of 2020. It would take Tube trains to Watford Junction and Watford High Street via Cassiobridge and Vicarage Road.

The existing Watford station would shut. Tories accused Mayor Sadiq Khan of putting the TfL budget in “turmoil”.

His spokesman said: “This project is outside London and... responsibility for delivering it ultimately lies with government.”



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