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Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill signs open letter slamming Sadiq Khan’s backtracking on the Metropolitan Line Extension

February 21, 2018 3:23 PM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Metropolitan LineElected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill has signed an open letter to Sadiq Khan slamming his decision to pull the plug on the Metropolitan Line Extension. The letter, which was signed alongside County Council leader David Williams and Chair of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Mark Bretton, described Khan's position as 'bitterly disappointing' and going back on commitments made by TfL in the past to support the project.

The letter goes onto state how the partners will pursue action against TfL to force them to 'return payments that have been made by [partners] to TfL to date' if their position does not change in regards to the MLX.

Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said, 'I'm absolutely devastated by Labour's Mayor in London backing out of this scheme. It seems madness that, when every demand that TfL made was met they still can't support what is a fully funded scheme on what is essentially five existing miles of track.

'TfL have consistently moved the goalposts on us and have let Watford residents down in their attitude to negotiations. It's time for TfL to rethink their short sighted position. They should get behind an idea that will bring jobs and infrastructure not just to Watford but across North West London. If they don't reconsider their position, it's only right that funding partners take back the money given to TfL to make the scheme happen.'

To sign the Liberal Democrat petition calling for Labour to rethink their position, follow the link here: www.tinyurl.com/metlinepetition