Gerrards Cross railway station

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Gerrards Cross National Rail
Gerrards Cross
Gerrards Cross
Location
Place Gerrards Cross
Local authority South Bucks
Grid reference TQ001887
Operations
Station code GER
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Increase 0.947 million
2004/05 Increase 0.953 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.829 million
2006/07 Increase 1.000 million
2007/08 Increase 1.115 million
2008/09 Increase 1.137 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.131 million
2010/11 Decrease 1.130 million
2011/12 Increase 1.149 million
2012/13 Increase 1.271 million
History
Key dates Opened 1906 (1906)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gerrards Cross from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Gerrards Cross railway station is a railway station between the villages of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire, England. It is on the Chiltern Main Line between Denham Golf Club and Seer Green and Jordans.

Service[edit]

The typical off-peak service pattern (as of the summer 2014 timetable) sees four trains per hour to London Marylebone. One of these is a stopping service which calls at most intermediate stations, and originates at Gerrards Cross. One train, which starts from High Wycombe, calls only at South Ruislip and Wembley Stadium. The other two are non-stop to Marylebone. These services originate at Bicester North and Princes Risborough. At peak times and weekends, some trains operate through to Aylesbury via Monks Risborough.[1]

As recently as 2011, a single weekday service to London Paddington started from Gerrards Cross,[2] running non-stop from West Ruislip. An equivalent service departed from Paddington, and ran non-stop to Gerrards Cross. These trains traversed the now rarely used former main line between Northolt Junction and Old Oak Common Junction, in many places reduced to a single track. This section is used more frequently by freight and waste trains, and also diversions during engineering works. These services now operate only between either South Ruislip or West Ruislip and Paddington.

History[edit]

The station was built as part of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway and was opened in April 1906 as Gerrards Cross for the Chalfonts. It is in a deep cutting that was dug for the line to maintain a very shallow maximum gradient to allow for fast running with steam-hauled trains. The original station layout was four track, with two through roads and two platform roads. There was a small goods yard north of the line. This has now been removed, but services from Marylebone that terminate at Gerrards Cross use the siding there.

The new line and station virtually created the present Gerrards Cross;[citation needed] the original settlement lay for the most part along the Oxford Road.

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Railways to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[3]

The bronze 'railway navvy' sculpture behind the up platform was created by Anthony Stones who was commissioned in 1992 by the Colne Valley Park Groundwork Trust. The band Genesis contributed £3,000 towards the cost of the sculpture in appreciation of their song 'Driving the Last Spike' on their album 'We Can't Dance'.[citation needed]

In October 2007 work began on installing ticket barriers, these became operational on Monday 10 March 2008.[citation needed]

Tunnel works[edit]

Looking west towards the station from the Marsham Lane bridge in March 2005, showing the extent of construction three months before the tunnel collapsed

A development by the Tesco supermarket chain turned the cutting on the London side of the station into a tunnel by the use of large concrete ring segments to form the tunnel profile. The space on top of these segments was filled in to form a ground surface on which the new supermarket was built.

Service interruption[edit]

At 19:35 on 30 June 2005, 20 metres (66 ft) of tunnel roof near its eastern end collapsed, depositing broken tunnel segment fragments and many tonnes of infill material on the track. News pictures showed that the concrete segments adjoining the hole, which were still in place, appeared to have bowed downwards where two segments met.

A Marylebone-bound train was standing at the "up" platform when the tunnel collapsed. Its driver saw the collapse and raised the alarm, so all rail traffic was stopped. No one was injured. A "down" train that had left Denham had to make an emergency stop between stations and go back to Denham Golf Club to allow its passengers to alight. Again, no one was injured.

Service restoration and line centenary[edit]

Following work on removing infill material and various concrete segments, both those that actually failed and those that were judged unsafe but had not actually collapsed, the trackwork and signalling system were restored. Train services resumed from start of normal timetable on Saturday 20 August 2005.

Gerrards Cross railway station had its centenary in 2006. This was celebrated with two London, Midland and Scottish Railway steam locomotives, Class 8F 48151 and Jubilee Class 5690 Leander, hauling trains between Marylebone and High Wycombe.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Seer Green and Jordans   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Denham Golf Club
Beaconsfield   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line fast services
  London Marylebone
Seer Green and Jordans   Chiltern Railways
London Paddington - High Wycombe
Monday-Friday Only
  London Paddington

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/sites/default/files/Timetable_19th_May_2014.pdf
  2. ^ "Timetable 11". Chiltern Railways. December 2011 to 13 May 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923. 

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Coordinates: 51°35′20″N 0°33′18″W / 51.589°N 0.555°W / 51.589; -0.555