MP adds his backing to Crossrail plans

David Gauke, MP for South West Herts
David Gauke, MP for South West Herts

David Gauke, the Conservative MP for South West Herts, says plans for Crossrail to extend to Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Berkhamsted are ‘very good news’.

The plans could see trains to Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 made available from Hemel Hempstead, with a change at Old Oak Common, and services to Bond Street and Farringdon run from Tring. Berkhamsted Railway Station was another stop highlighted by Mr McLoughlin which could possibly benefit from the scheme.

Dacorum leaders have welcomed the news that Crossrail could be making tracks for the borough, after the news broke last week.

Leader of Dacorum Borough Council Andrew Williams described the proposals as ‘exciting’ for the area while Hemel MP Mike Penning also praised the scheme, saying: “I am really excited. I think the Crossrail idea is absolutely fantastic- it just opens up this part of the world with links into different parts of London.”

In his latest Gazette Speaker’s Corner column, Mr Gauke – who was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in a Cabinet reshuffle in July – said he thinks it is ‘positive’ for the borough.

“A new link from the West Coast Mainline to the new Crossrail system could see direct trains from our local stations to the West End and the City, knocking 15 minutes off a typical journey,” he said.

“The announcement is of a feasibility study but I certainly welcome it. It would also mean that the redevelopment of Euston Station, as a consequence of HS2, would be less disruptive for the majority of passengers who would no longer need to use it.

“It is exciting news and could make a very positive difference to large numbers of Dacorum residents.”