Hertfordshire welcomes green light for High Speed 2
Hertfordshire County Council has welcomed the government's announcement giving the go-ahead for the new railway line which will initially run between London and Birmingham/Crewe
Although trains on the new line will not stop in Hertfordshire, travellers on the West Coast route using the stations in Tring and Watford Junction should see the long term benefits.
By moving non-stop trains onto the new high speed line, there is an opportunity for new train services in the county on the existing main line through Hemel Hempstead and Watford.
Derrick Ashley, cabinet member for growth, infrastructure, planning and the economy, said: “The go ahead for High Speed 2 is an important vote of confidence for the value of rail transport to the nation’s economy.
"Now that the scheme has been given the green light, I urge the Government to move swiftly in determining how the freed-up capacity can be best used to support economic growth in Hertfordshire.
“The needs of Hertfordshire rail users also need to be considered in the ten years before High Speed 2 opens to passengers.
"We are currently calling for the London to Liverpool intercity service to stop at Watford Junction in order to open up new travel opportunities, particularly for business users.
"I am also pressing Network Rail to deliver a passing loop on the Abbey Line which would greatly improve the train service between St Albans and Watford”.