Government will Review Plans for Hertfordshire to London Crossrail
Thursday 7th August 2014
The government is hearing plans to extend a 15 billion pound Crossrail Project into parts of Hertfordshire.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced the consideration of a proposed rail extension which could lessen journey times between London and Hertfordshire by up to 15 minutes.
Those commuting from Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamstead and Watford could benefit from shorter commute times and more direct links, should the plan go forward.
Mr. McLoughlin said the proposed addition to the plan involves examining how they can add feasible transport systems directly into key city links from outer areas in Hertfordshire.
The plan could also likely divert train congestion away from Euston by eliminating the need to change at the busy commuter hub.
The original extension plan proposed linking London to surrounding areas in the east, such as Essex, but could now include Hertfordshire to the west of London.
The Berkshire to Essex links are due to be fully operational by 2019 and the proposed Hertfordshire addition is not expected to disrupt the existing time table.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “Not only would this be a huge boost to passengers and the local economy, it would also provide flexibility when building HS2 into Euston, making sure we create a lasting legacy for the station.”