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DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

The Croxley rail link is going over-budget again, but will not receive any additional government funding, the DfT has stated.

The line, which will extend the London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction via Watford High Street, was originally due to be completed by May 2016, but its delivery was postponed to 2019, while delivery costs more than doubled from £116.8m to £284.8m.

TfL took over full responsibility for the project from Hertfordshire County Council, but it was still left short of £2.73m funding, while the council tried to compensate it with the offer of a package of wasteland it had bought for £1. The project was given the formal go-ahead last November once the funding was found.

However, in response to written questions from Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow East, Andrew Jones, the transport minister, admitted “the costs of the scheme are currently higher than the agreed budget”. He said the higher costs were because of “prices received from the supply chain”.

Jones added that TfL was “considering how best to deal with” the cost of the scheme, but that it had “agreed to meet” any expenses over the £284.8m budget.

“The department will not be providing any additional funding for the scheme and expects TfL to complete it as agreed,” he concluded.

Jones also revealed that transport secretary Chris Grayling had “re-confirmed the importance that the government attaches to the scheme” at a meeting with London mayor Sadiq Khan on 5 December.

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Jimbo   14/12/2016 at 16:13

Diamond Geezer has some interesting observations about this scheme in his blog, and is suggesting it will be cancelled -

Lutz   15/12/2016 at 09:17

I remember when the price tag on this scheme was quoted as being GBP 16M. Welcome news; glad to hear that the DfT is holding steady on this. TfL needs to take some of the fluff out of the scheme and then just the job done.

Andrew Gwilt   15/12/2016 at 10:36

Has Hertfordshire council got enough money to carry on with the Croxley Rail Link. Or has TfL or Mr Khan got enough money to resume the rail link to Watford Junction. The Mayor of London Mr Khan could persuade the government (DfT) and the Chancellor to bring in extra money to carry on with the new rail link and it should be completed in mid/late 2019 as planned.

Lutz   16/12/2016 at 22:27

@Andrew Gwilt The project is over budget, so either cost savings must be found from within the scope of the project, or extra costs be covered by TfL (as mentioned in the article); this is not a matter for the DfT to address.

Andrew Gwilt   19/12/2016 at 00:52

@Lutz Suppose you are correct.

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