Is the Metropolitan line extension off the rails?

According to reports, there are rumours that the Metropolitan line extension to Watford Junction could be axed as there is an apparent £50m funding gap.

Transport for London (TfL) have written to the London Assembly to said the project “cannot be delivered” with the current £284.4m funding. Robert Niven, head of line extensions for TfL was said to have stated that £50 million will be required on top of the £49 million that TfL would need to contribute. The extension was further fuelled in jeopardy when it was apparently was missed off the Mayor of London’s travel agenda announced in December 2016.

The Metropolitan line extension that has a completion date of 2020 would see the line diverted from Croxley station to a new viaduct that would take Tube trains to Watford Junction via Watford High Street with two new stations at Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road. Watford station would also close when the extension opens. Currently there is no contractor appointed to carry out the main works.

Despite these reports, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has made his pledge to protect the £49m that TfL have pledged to the project. The £50m shortfall is due to be discussed with the Government about how to fund this shortfall.

It does appear apparent though that this extension will face further delay…but hopefully not axed completely. 

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