Work on a £118m rail project that will change the face of Watford and Croxley Green has been approved by the Government. Construction work is due to start in 2014 with completion expected for 2017 & could help keep house prices strong in Watford, Croxley & Rickmansworth.
The new rail link will connect Croxley Station on the Metropolitan Line with currently disused track between Croxley Green and Watford High Street overground station. The new railway will run along Watford Road, the Grand Union canal, and through west Watford, where two new stations will be built in Ascot Road and Vicarage Road. The area around Ascot Road has already started its phase of the development with the opening of the new Morrison’s store and proposed new school, hotel and much need housing to follow. Vicarage Road station will serve Watford Football Club and Watford General Hospital leading into Watford Junction.
A colossal 400m viaduct will run from Baldwins Lane in Croxley Green, past the Harvester restaurant and over the Watford Road dual carriageway. The overall aim of the project is to improve connectivity within Watford and between Watford, London and the rest of the UK, thereby supporting economic development and helping to reduce the strain on Watford’s busy road network. Investigatiove work on the viduct has begun and the full project should start in the Summer of 2014.
Local residents in Croxley Green, are especially delighted with the plan as they have seen house prices in the area realise a small growth on the news. For example 2 bedroom flats for sale close to the proposed station were achieving around £190k before the announcement but are now selling for at least £200k. The proposed new school should only make the area even more desirable and push up house prices in Croxley.
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