Watford West railway station

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The station in 1985
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Watford West
Location of Watford West in Hertfordshire
Location Watford
Local authority Watford
Grid reference TQ098955
Railway companies
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
15 June 1912 (1912-06-15)Station opened
22 March 1996Services ceased
6 November 2002Station Closed
23 September 2003Line Officially Closed
Other information
WGS84 51°38′55″N0°24′51″W / 51.6485°N 0.4143°W / 51.6485; -0.4143 Coordinates: 51°38′55″N0°24′51″W / 51.6485°N 0.4143°W / 51.6485; -0.4143
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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.

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History

The station opened in 1912 and was temporarily closed in 1996 before being permanently closed on 6 November 2002, [1] with the line being officially closed in September 2003. Facilities at the station had been downgraded in the years prior to closure. At first the station was temporarily closed so the remaining station furniture, including the lampposts, drivers mirrors and the station and street-level signage, was left in situ. [2] [3] [4] By the time clearance work began at the site in preparation for the Croxley Rail Link both mirrors had collapsed and almost all of the station-level signage had disappeared. The Metropolitan line Croxley Rail Link is not going ahead. The Watford Observer newspaper published an update on 25 January 2017, confirming work had stopped on the Croxley Rail Link because of an ongoing funding issue. [5] [6] [7]

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.

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.

In 2004–05, after the station was mothballed, ten passengers purchased tickets for travel to the station, [8] .

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References

  1. The decision to accept the Closure Notice published by the Strategic Rail Authority (dated 23 March 2001) was given in a letter from the then Minister of State for Transport, John Spellar, to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, John Armitt
  2. "Pictures of Watford West station". Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. "Pictures of Watford West station taken in 2008". Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. "Disused stations - Watford West". Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 March 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Croxley Rail Link plan approved by Government". The Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  7. "Major Scheme Business Case - Main Report" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  8. "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Croxley Green
Line and station closed
  Network SouthEast
Croxley Green Branch
  Watford Stadium Halt
Line and station closed