Proposals for Crossrail expansion through Harrow announced by transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin

The new Crossrail train

The new Crossrail train

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The capital's newest train line could be extended through Harrow to provide another route into central London.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today the Government is considering plans to extend the Crossrail project to Hertfordshire.

The proposals would mean the service stopping at Harrow and Wealdstone station before moving on to Watford Junction, Berkhamsted and Tring.

Mr McLoughlin said: "We are looking at proposals to extend Crossrail services even further by opening a new route to key destinations in Hertfordshire.

“It would be a huge boost to Crossrail and London commuters.

“We're going to examine, right away, how we can run extra services direct into the city and through to Canary Wharf from key stations like Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Harrow and Watford, without the frustrating need to change at Euston."

In response to the proposals, Harrow Borough Council leader Councillor David Perry said: “Any additional investment from the Government in London’s infrastructure is welcome, along with the potential regeneration opportunities this will bring to Harrow.

“As the announcement has only just made the details have yet to be known, but we will follow developments closely and work with all organisations to ensure any extension to Crossrail supports our priorities to support local businesses and get young people into work in Harrow.”

The construction Crossrail is the biggest engineering project in Europe, costing £15billion.

The project is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019 it will connect Reading, in Berkshire, to Shenfield in Essex, via central London.

Mr McLoughlin also said that final decisions on any extension of the line would be subject to a wide range of considerations including affordability as with any feasibility study.

It is hoped the extension of Crossrail would mean passengers would no longer have to change at Euston, which is to be redeveloped as part of plans for HS2.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Providing a new rail route into the capital for passengers from Hertfordshire will be vital for Euston to be properly redeveloped to accommodate HS2 and to maximise the delivery of new homes and jobs in London and beyond.”

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12:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

tugman says...

It's a great pity that yet again Kent has been forgotten. I know that Crossrail goes as far as Abbey Wood in south London, but stops there. It would have made much more sense if it had least gone to Dartford or Gillingham.
It's a great pity that yet again Kent has been forgotten. I know that Crossrail goes as far as Abbey Wood in south London, but stops there. It would have made much more sense if it had least gone to Dartford or Gillingham. tugman
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9:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

Skhan13 says...

Tugman it takes 30mins to get from Dartford to London. It is not needed. This part of London gets left out of many things, we don't even have a proper nightbus. I think Kent is served quite well. Take this as someone who lived in the area including Abbey Wood for many years.
Tugman it takes 30mins to get from Dartford to London. It is not needed. This part of London gets left out of many things, we don't even have a proper nightbus. I think Kent is served quite well. Take this as someone who lived in the area including Abbey Wood for many years. Skhan13
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3:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Good to know Harrow has been included in this planning.High time we had our fair share of latest developments to benefit our local folk as well.

We have been left out far too often but lately, people are beginning to remember Harrovians ----at long last.Commuting for Londoners to and from Harrow would have whole new meaningif we could have Crossrail.Fingers crossed, Transport Secretary Mr McLoughlin will back us,helping regenerate Harrow and open up opportunities for our youth as well.Let's hope the feasibility study is favourable.
Good to know Harrow has been included in this planning.High time we had our fair share of latest developments to benefit our local folk as well. We have been left out far too often but lately, people are beginning to remember Harrovians ----at long last.Commuting for Londoners to and from Harrow would have whole new meaningif we could have Crossrail.Fingers crossed, Transport Secretary Mr McLoughlin will back us,helping regenerate Harrow and open up opportunities for our youth as well.Let's hope the feasibility study is favourable. Sonoo Malkani
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