Croxley rail link phase 1 awarded to Taylor Woodrow

Taylor Woodrow has been appointed for the design and planning stage of the Croxley Rail Link, a 118m scheme which will bring the London Underground to the centre of Watford.

The project will connect the Metropolitan Line with the national railway network at Watford Junction. A new viaduct will also be constructed over the A412 and Grand Union Canal.

The scheme will be the largest infrastructure project ever delivered by Hertfordshire County Council, and will support growth, economic development, and access to London, thereby reducing strain on Watfords road network.

Graham Stanley, Managing Director of Watford-based Taylor Woodrow, said, The Croxley Rail Link will be of unparalleled benefit to the many commuters based in Watford and the surrounding areas, including, of course, many of our own employees.

As a company with roots in the town, we are honoured to be working on this scheme and eager to continue our longstanding relationship with Hertfordshire County Council.

Taylor Woodrow will carry out the detailed engineering design throughout the following year, with work scheduled to begin in 2014, subject to ministerial approval.

Rob Smith, Deputy Director of Environment at Hertfordshire County Council said: "Weve appointed a contractor now because, even though we need to wait for the secretary of states approval before we can begin the construction phase, we want to get the detailed design work underway as soon as possible.

We look forward to working with Taylor Woodrow to move this scheme off the drawing board and on to the ground.