This week in Parliament, I called for the complete redevelopment of Watford Junction Station to become a priority for the Government and Network Rail. This will ensure the station is ready for increased passenger numbers and new services.
Watford is a significant transport hub and we need the infrastructure to match this. Rail use has doubled in the last decade and with the Government investing so heavily in Watford transport by backing the Croxley Rail Link, this rise looks set to continue. We now need to look at what we can do to improve capacity at the stations as well as on the lines and this means completely redeveloping Watford Junction.
The Station forecourt was re-designed less than two years ago, but has been plagued with problems with drop off and pick up of passengers, arrangements for taxis and pedestrian safety. I have pushed for these issues to be tackled as soon as possible, but feel a long-term plan for the station is needed.
I am meeting with the Communities Minister, the Department of Transport, Network Rail and other key stakeholders to look at the redevelopment of the station. I hope to report back soon and would like to hear your views so please get in touch.
Richard Harrington MP