News that the government is considering extending London’s new underground line to key stations on the West Coast Mainline will be good news for commuters in Milton Keynes, says city MP Iain Stewart.
It means Crossrail could extend to stations such as Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Harrow and Watford following its launch in 2019.
Mr Stewart, who is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Transport Secretary, said: “Not only will this free up the West Coast Mainline it will also make getting the tube from Euston less crowded and less of a hassle.
“The project will also make it easier to improve Euston, which will have 11 new platforms built under proposals for HS2, again, making the journey to work a better experience for commuters.”
The Government expect Crossrail to create a 10 per cent increase in rail capacity, make journey times shorter, and bring an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of London’s business centres – leading to employment growth of up to 30,000 jobs by 2026 in central London.
Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said “We are investing record amounts to build a world-class railway, so it is vital we seize every opportunity to make the most of these once in a generation schemes.
“That is why I have asked HS2 Limited to work closely with the Crossrail sponsors to look at extending Crossrail services to key destinations in Hertfordshire.”
“Not only would this be a huge boost to passengers and the local economy, it would also provide flexibility when building HS2 into Euston, making sure we create a lasting legacy for the station.”
The Crossrail project is the first complete new underground line in London since the late 1960s. The first stage is due to open in 2018 with it being fully operational in 2019.