Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today that there will be a feasibility study carried out into the potential Crossrail link extension from London to Hertfordshire, which could save travellers up to 15 minutes via a new rail link between Old Oak Common and the West Coast Main Line.
Stations that could be serviced by Crossrail include Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction and Berkhamsted. Any changes will not affect the timetable or planned service pattern for the existing Crossrail scheme which is scheduled to be fully operational by 2019.
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Percival, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Infrastructure Board said: “Hertfordshire LEP very much welcomes this announcement. Greater choice of direct destinations will boost the county’s connectivity with London, fulfilling a key priority from our Strategic Economic Plan. The extension of Crossrail to Hertfordshire will have a real benefit for towns like Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Watford – supporting businesses to grow and thrive. I look forward to seeing the results of the study”.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We are investing record amounts to build a world-class railway, so it is vital we seize every opportunity to make the most of these once in a generation schemes. That is why I have asked HS2 Limited to work closely with the Crossrail sponsors to look at extending Crossrail services to key destinations in Hertfordshire. 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.”
Journey times if Crossrail is extended to Hertfordshire:
- Tring to Liverpool Street: 57 minutes (a reduction of 13 minutes)
- Tring to Bond Street: 52 minutes (a reduction of 16 minutes)
- Tring to Farringdon: 55 minutes (a reduction of 8 minutes)
- Hemel Hempstead to Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3: 52 minutes (a reduction of 26 minutes)
- Watford Junction to Canary Wharf: 43 minutes (a reduction of 12 minutes)
- Watford Junction to Liverpool Street: 37 minutes (a reduction of 13 minutes)