Watford Stadium Halt railway station

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Watford Stadium Halt
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Watford Stadium Halt
Location of Watford Stadium Halt in Hertfordshire
Location Watford
Local authority Borough of Watford
Grid reference TQ102954
Number of platforms1
Railway companies
Original company British Rail
Key dates
4 December 1982 (1982-12-04)Station opened
?Last train called
22 March 1996Last train ran on line
29 September 2003Official closure
Other information
WGS84 51°38′48″N0°24′30″W / 51.6467°N 0.4083°W / 51.6467; -0.4083 Coordinates: 51°38′48″N0°24′30″W / 51.6467°N 0.4083°W / 51.6467; -0.4083
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Watford Stadium Halt railway station is a disused railway station in Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on the branch line from Watford Junction to Croxley Green. It served Vicarage Road stadium, home of Watford F.C., and was open only on match days.

Watford Town & Borough in England

Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, South East England, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London.

Hertfordshire County of England

Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in southern England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.

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Railways around Watford and Rickmansworth
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Watford Junction
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Watford High Street
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High Street Junction
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Colne Junction
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Croxley Green Junction
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Watford Stadium Halt
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Watford Vicarage Road
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Croxley Green
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Croxley Mills
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(Church Street)
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National Rail
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Croxley Rail Link

The Watford and Rickmansworth Railway opened its line between Watford Junction and Rickmansworth (Church Street) station via Watford High Street in 1862. The line was soon to be taken over by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR). In 1912, a branch line to Croxley Green was opened , with an intermediate station at Watford West. 70 years later, Watford Stadium station was created to serve Vicarage Road football ground for crowd control. Prior to this, the nearest stations available to football fans were Watford High Street and Watford Junction. A direct transport connection from the stadium would enable football officials to keep fans of "away" teams separate from Watford F.C. supporters and reduce instances of football hooliganism in Watford town centre. The station acquired the nickname of "Hooligan Halt". [1]

Watford and Rickmansworth Railway railway line

The Watford and Rickmansworth Railway (W&RR) ran services between Watford and Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, England. The company was incorporated in 1860; the line opened in 1862. The Rickmansworth branch was closed in 1952, and the remaining line was gradually run down and eventually closed in 1996.

Watford Junction railway station railway station that serves Watford, Hertfordshire

Watford Junction is a railway station that serves Watford, Hertfordshire. The station is on the West Coast Main Line (WCML), 17 miles 34 chains from London Euston and the Abbey Line, a branch line to St Albans. Journeys to London take between 16 and 52 minutes depending on the service used: shorter times on fast non-stop trains and slower on the stopping Watford DC line services. Trains also run to Clapham Junction and East Croydon via the West London Line. The station is a major hub for local bus services and the connecting station for buses to the Harry Potter studio tour. The station is located north of a viaduct over the Colne valley and immediately south of Watford Tunnel.

Rickmansworth (Church Street) railway station

Rickmansworth railway station was a London and North Western Railway (LNWR) station in the town of Rickmansworth in west Hertfordshire, UK. Opened in 1862, it was the terminus of a 7.2-kilometre (4.5 mi) branch line which used to run from Watford. The station closed to passengers in 1952, although the line continued to be used as a goods line for some years after that. Church Street station has since been demolished.

Development of the station was funded jointly by the Football Trust, which contributed £50,000, Watford Borough Council (£80,000), Watford F.C. (£50,000), with the remaining £200,000 paid by British Rail. It was officially opened on 4 December 1982 by the rock musician and chairman of Watford Football Club, Elton John, and chairman of the Football Trust, Lord Aberdare. The inaugural train rolled into the station five minutes late. The station was only open on match days, with the first crowds passing through the station being Manchester United fans on the opening day. [1]

The Football Trust was a Government funded body to improve the safety of sports stadiums in the United Kingdom.

Watford Borough Council

Watford Borough Council is the local authority for the Watford non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. Watford is located in the south-west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The council is based in the town hall on Hempstead Road.

British Rail rail transport operator of Great Britain

British Railways (BR), which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the overground rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the "Big Four" British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962 designated as the British Railways Board.

The Croxley branch was temporarily closed in 1996 when a local road construction scheme severed the line and the line was formally closed in 2003. [2] However Watford Stadium Halt had not been used for some years prior to this although it is not known exactly when the halt was last used. [3] The halt was not demolished and the station furniture, including the lampposts and signage, was left in situ and despite nature reclaiming the station, the platforms and station furniture, apart from the station nameboards, were still in place when clearance work in preparation for the Croxley Rail Link began. [3] [4] This was a proposal to extend the London Underground Metropolitan line to Watford Junction. The project would have involve re-opening part of the Watford and Rickmansworth line and running the Metropolitan line along this line, and the construction of two new stations. Watford Stadium station would not re-open. One of the new stations, Watford Vicarage Road would serve Watford General Hospital and the football stadium. [5] [6]

Croxley Rail Link plan to re-route part of a London Underground line

The Croxley Rail Link, or the Metropolitan Line Extension, was a proposed railway engineering project in the Watford and Three Rivers districts of Hertfordshire, England, that would have connected the London Overground and the London Underground's Metropolitan line at Watford Junction. The Metropolitan line's terminus at Watford Underground station would have closed and the line would have been diverted and extended from Croxley to Watford Junction via a reopened section of closed line. The main proponent of the scheme is Hertfordshire County Council but failed to win the support of Transport for London (TfL) which owns the Watford branch. The engineering works would have consisted of the realignment of the disused Watford and Rickmansworth Railway's line between Croxley Green and Watford High Street, with the construction of a viaduct over the Grand Union Canal, River Gade and A412 road and two new stations before branching into the London Overground line near Watford High Street and continuing to Watford Junction.

London Underground rapid transit system in London, United Kingdom

The London Underground is a public rapid transit system serving London, England and some parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.

Metropolitan line London Underground line

The Metropolitan line, colloquially known as the Met, is a London Underground line that runs between Aldgate in the City of London and Amersham and Chesham in Buckinghamshire, with branches to Watford in Hertfordshire and Uxbridge in the western London Borough of Hillingdon. Coloured magenta on the tube map, the line is 41.4 miles (66.7 km) in length and serves 34 stations. Unlike the deep-tube railways, its tunnels are just below the surface and are of a similar size to those on main lines. Just under 67 million passenger journeys were made on the line in 2011/12.

On 25 January 2017, the Watford Observer newspaper published an update on the Croxley Rail Link confirming work had stopped as there was an ongoing funding issue. [7]

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