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East of England Liberal Democrats

Croxley Rail Link at Risk in Labour/Tory Tussle

Watford Stadium Station

Watford Stadium Station Recently

In November 2015 - that's nearly 18 months ago - Transport for London (TfL) announced with a great fanfare that they had finally secured full funding for the Croxley Rail Link. They said that construction would start in 2016 and it would be completed by 2020. They claimed it would "create more than 6,500 jobs and boost the local economy by £2 billion".

This badly needed rail link from Watford Junction Station to join up with TfL's Metropolitan Line is designed to serve Watford General Hospital (and the long delayed Health Campus), the Croxley Business park, Cardiff Road Industrial Estate and Watford Football Ground. The scheme was initiated and promoted by Hertfordshire County Council and Watford Borough Council and recently the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise partnership allocated nearly £90 million towards the project.

Now Greater London Assembly members are accusing TfL of running out of money to the tune of £50 million short.

This is partly due to Labour's London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announcing a partial fares freeze which will deprive TfL of around £600 million and force drastic savings on the authority.

The Mayor has said he will not pay any more and is writing to the Government for additional funding from them - but the Government has already indicated it will not pay any more either.

So an important Hertfordshire project has ended up in risk of cancellation because of a row between the Mayor and the Government - a row which was kicked off by the Mayor's over generous gesture of a partial fares freeze.

Hertfordshire County Councillor Nick Hollinghurst said, "It's about time the UK put an end to these destructive political games between Labour and the Conservatves. The country should turn away from this bickering and throw its support behind the Liberal Democrats. We advocate sensible policies for a prosperous future and a freedom from the crushing burden of internal and external costs that the incompetent May government is about to dump on the shoulders of working people."

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