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Crossrail extension to Hertfordshire examined

A Crossrail extension to Hertfordshire is the focus of a feasibility study launched by the government today.

The plans would see Crossrail services extended to the county, providing direct journeys into the City and the West End of London.

The study will look at how passengers from key commuter towns such as Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Harrow and Watford could shorten journey times by up to 15 minutes via a new rail link between Old Oak Common and the West Coast Main Line.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that the plans would be an opportunity for a more ambitious redevelopment of Euston Station.

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.

Any changes will not affect the timetable or planned service pattern for the existing Crossrail scheme, which is scheduled to be fully operational by 2019.