The Gauntlet Laid Down

Closed due to Croxley Rail Link

This currently familiar sign and all it stands for is under threat!

As part of the current proposal for the Croxley Rail Link now shortlisted for funding by the Department of Transport, the Metropolitan Line Station at Watford would CLOSE.  This would be a disaster for many local people.

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Watford Met station is incredibly well used – 1.5 million entry/exits a year (2009 figures) – not only by the thousands of residents of the Cassiobury estate (including the section to the north of the park – just stand in the park yourself one rush hour evening and see just how many commuters walk and cycle across it every day to and from the Met station) but also by many in West Watford (for whom it would still be nearer than the proposed new station), hundreds of schoolchildren attending Watford Boys Grammar and many travelling out of Watford to Rickmansworth School and beyond.

Undoubtedly there is a need for better public transport links in West Watford. However why not simply re-open the branch disused branch line to the old Croxley station from Watford Junction (possibly connecting to St Alban’s Abbey Line as suggested by others) so that passengers from West Watford can at least take advantage of faster Midland Line services to London & Midlands than sitting on the slow Met Line services to Baker St & beyond. This would save on a substantial element of the proposed construction cost and could run as a shuttle – perhaps even driverless like the DLR?

Please act NOW to Save Watford Met Line Station:

Sign the petition and if you can also write to

The minister: Minister for Transport, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR

The MP: Richard Harrington, 30 The Avenue, Watford WD17 4AE or richard.harrington.mp@parliament.uk

The Mayor: Dorothy Thornhill, Town Hall, Watford WD17 3EX or themayor@watford.gov.uk

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2 Responses to The Gauntlet Laid Down

  1. Andy says:

    Why are so few fighting this closure, the station is greatly underused due to the fact that it is in the middle of no where, we need the new link to bring life to Watford and the new kink will bring this, Watford Met is about a ten min walk to or from the proposed new ascot road station and will bring much more benefit the majority of locals rather than a handful of people who do not want to lose their precious under used station, we need to move with the times and give the majority a better system giving this part of Hertfordshire a new link.

    • Ambercycle says:

      Whatever makes you think the station is underused? Try standing in the station entrance at 8am any weekday morning and see how long it takes you to be mown down by the throng of students and other commuters who find the station hugely convenient (isn’t that the point of public transport?). Like most commuter stations it’s used more in rush hour than at off-peak times but if you compare usage figures with Watford High Street or Croxley (which aren’t doomed to closure by local political forces) you will find little if any difference. Nearly 1,200 people have signed the petition to save the station and London Travelwatch identified there would be real hardship caused to many people (it will be more like 19 mins’ walk from the proposed Ascot Road station to Watford Boys Grammar School). Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not the answer. This campaign does not oppose the Croxley Rail Link per se but argues that there is a case for a split service providing alternate trains to Watford and Watford Junction. Why not have a look at some of the earlier posts on this blog?

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