Watford Vicarage Road tube station

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Looking northeast towards the hospital
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Watford Vicarage Road
Location of Watford Vicarage Road in Hertfordshire
Location Watford
Local authority Watford
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms2
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2013Not Opened [1]
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WGS84 51°38′48″N0°24′33″W / 51.646626°N 0.409284°W / 51.646626; -0.409284 Coordinates: 51°38′48″N0°24′33″W / 51.646626°N 0.409284°W / 51.646626; -0.409284
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Watford Vicarage Road was a proposed London Underground station in Watford, Hertfordshire. The station would have been part of the Croxley Rail Link project, a scheme to extend the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction railway station, served by Metropolitan line trains between Watford Junction and Central London via Baker Street. Originally the station was to be named either Watford Hospital or Watford General Hospital. [2] 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. [3]

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Watford Town & Borough in England

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Hertfordshire County of England

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Watford Vicarage Road was to have been a newly constructed station on a re-opened section of the former LNWR Watford and Rickmansworth Railway line which was closed by British Rail in 1996. [4] The station was to have been located to the west of Vicarage Road, adjacent to Holywell allotments, with the platforms in the railway cutting below the road. The single-storey glass and metal-clad station building was to be at street level, with staircases and lifts providing platform access. [5] Designs for the new station, and others on the link, were prepared by Acanthus LW Architects. [6] [7]

London and North Western Railway former railway company in United Kingdom

The London and North Western Railway was a British railway company between 1846 and 1922. In the late 19th century the L&NWR was the largest joint stock company in the world.

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.

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The new station was to have been between the sites of two former railway stations on the old LNWR line; to the west of the former Watford Stadium Halt and to the east of the former Watford West railway station on Tolpits Lane. [2] [8] [9] [10] [11] It was not planned to re-open these disused stations and the platforms at both former stations would have been removed or modified to accommodate the two new tracks. [12]

Watford Stadium Halt railway station

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 West railway station

Watford West is a disused railway station in Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on the branch line from Watford Junction to Croxley Green, last operated in 1996.


The name originally proposed for the station was Watford Hospital, to reflect its proximity to Watford General Hospital. Local campaigners petitioned Transport for London (TfL) to name the station after Vicarage Road Stadium, home of Watford F.C., as they felt that it was a more easily recognised local landmark. TfL stated that their policy is not to name new stations after individual roads in order to ensure geographical understanding across the whole Tube network. However, in recognition of local opinion and the wider recognition of the Vicarage Road name in association with the football club, they agreed to waive this rule. On 8 August 2013 TfL announced that they would name the station Watford Vicarage Road. [13] [14]

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Vicarage Road Association football stadium in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, home to Watford F.C.

Vicarage Road, a stadium in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, is the home of the football club Watford of the Premier League. An all-seater stadium, its current capacity is 23,700 following the completion of the new Sir Elton John Stand in 2014, and expansion work in 2015 and again throughout 2016 and 2017; this included expansion of the football pitch.

Watford F.C. Association football club

Watford Football Club is a professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, that plays in the Premier League, the highest level in the English football league system. Founded in 1898 by the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary's. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

Vicarage Road and the Croxley Rail Link
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The former LNWR stations (closed 1996) and the proposed stations
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Map of the whole Croxley Rail Link project

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