One nice sunny Sunday morning in June I thought I’d try to simulate what it would be like for school children walking from Ascot Road station on the prposed new Croxley Rail Link to Watford Boys Grammar school. Cycling the route (on the pavement) took 9 mins 43 secs (slightly longer if you include the first 30-40 seconds or so of the video which I managed to delete). I estimate that on foot it would take at least twice that.
Now imagine this journey on a dark, cold and quite possibly wet autumn or winter’s morning (or evening)! No wonder London Travelwatch agreed that closing Watford Met would cause hardship and insisted that LUL explored alternative options to keep a viable service running to/from the station.