Crossrail Hertfordshire Extension Mooted


Crossrail may be about to get even bigger. Photo by Ronald Hackston, in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Crossrail is sprouting add-ons at a rate of knots. Not long ago we reported the mega-line had been granted an extension to Reading. Now proposals to tap into Hertfordshire have been put on the table.

The announcement was made by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, at the Crossrail site in Farringdon. McLoughlin pointed out that should the extension go ahead, journey times between London and Hertfordshire will be cut by up to 16 minutes (a reference to the would-be 55-minute journey between Tring and Bond Street).

Tring aside, other stations benefiting from the Crossrail treatment would likely include Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction, Berkhamsted and Harrow and Wealdstone.

The proposed extension is not just about truncated journey times. Yolanda Rugg, chief executive officer at the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, has cited the proposed extension as “a catalyst to drive economic growth”.

Another boon would be the alleviation of pressure on Euston station, making improvements here easier to crack on with.

But it remains to be seen whether the Hertfordshire extension will go ahead or not. As McLoughlin says, “Final decisions would be subject to a wide range of considerations, including affordability”.

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  • Crossrails

    How would this be implemented? Following Watford DC/Overground/Bakerloo lines to Willesden Junction then hopping over to Paddington lines through “Old Oak Common”?

    • Macca-GC

      There would be a new link between the future Old Oak Common interchange. This has been pretty extensively discussed in HS2 planning, and was always the intention under Crossrail planning, so the only news is that the Transport Secretary has started pushing for it.

  • Alexander

    £14.8bn extension? That’s as much as the entire existing Crossrail scheme!

    • Luke

      Good spotting there , thanks for highlighting. Londonist nowadays seems like a cesspit for lousy journalism where some can’t even be bothered to proof read their own work.

    • Will Noble

      Thanks for pointing that out – duly amended!

  • Andy M

    its easy for politicians with an election coming up to make grand announcements. Particularly considering the locations this is targeted at. Theres no guarantee this will ever happen. Is this just another political stunt to gain votes I ask?

  • EJW

    Is this going ahead? When will we know?