Aug 2022 – Watford, Hertfordshire.

A proposal to reopen the disused Watford – Croxley Green line ‘in some sustainable travel capacity’ is being pursued by a team of transport consultancies led by Atkins. The 3.5 mile stretch of track has been disused since 1996 and has suffered from a number of false starts as an extension to the Metropolitan Line and a connection to the Overground. Work began but soon faltered in 2017 due to a funding shortfall. TfL and DfT could not agree and the project has remained dormant ever since. Now Hertfordshire County Council, Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Network Rail have partnered with Atkins, Systra UK and Wood Group to explore options for what can be done with the line that would provide innovative solutions to improve connectivity in the area. Watford Council say that ‘at the very least’ the plans will align with the national movement towards active travel and will encourage more people to walk and cycle. Concept designs from Atkins, Systra and Wood Group will be submitted in spring 2023 and a strategic outline business case will be developed to support future funding bids to deliver the project. (New Civil Engineer)