Watford Vicarage Road tube station

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Watford Vicarage Road London Underground
Watford, Vicarage Road railway bridge - Geograph-3598174-by-Nigel-Cox.jpg
Vicarage Road looking north-east towards the future site of the new station (to the left, below the bridge)
Watford Vicarage Road is located in Hertfordshire
Watford Vicarage Road
Watford Vicarage Road
Location of Watford Vicarage Road in Hertfordshire
Location Watford
Local authority Watford
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
2018[1] Planned opening
Other information
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London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°38′48″N 0°24′33″W / 51.646626°N 0.409284°W / 51.646626; -0.409284

Watford Vicarage Road is a planned London Underground station which is to be built in Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. It is to serve Vicarage Road stadium and the Watford General Hospital campus. The station is being constructed as part of the Croxley Rail Link project, a scheme to extend the Metropolitan line across the town to Watford Junction railway station. It will be served by Metropolitan line trains between Watford Junction and Central London via Baker Street.

When the station was originally proposed it was to be named Watford Hospital or Watford General Hospital.[2]

Site[edit]

Watford Vicarage Road is to be 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.[3] The station is to be 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 is to be at street level, with staircases and lifts providing platform access.[4] Designs for the new station, and others on the link, have been prepared by Acanthus LW Architects.[5][6]

The new station's location will be in between the sites of two former railway stations on the old LNWR line, to the west of the former Watford Stadium Halt (which was located just to the east of Vicarage Road) and to the east of the former Watford West railway station (which was located to the west of the new station site, on Tolpits Lane).[2][7][8][9][10] It is not planned to re-open these disused stations and the platforms at both former stations will be removed or modified to accommodate the two new tracks.[11]

Name[edit]

Vicarage Road football stadium

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.[12][13]

Vicarage Road and the Croxley Rail Link
Railway line going west to east showing stations Croxley Green (terminus, closed), Cassiobridge (new), Watford West (closed), Watford Vicarage Road (new) and Watford Stadium Halt (closed)
Map of the former LNWR stations (closed 1996) and the new stations opening in 2018
Map of the whole Croxley Rail Link, due to open in 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croxley Rail Link update". 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "TWAO Submission January 2012". Croxley Rail Link. 2012-01-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Watford to Croxley Green". West Watford History Group. 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Croxley Rail Link Watford Vicarage Road Station - Report to Development Management Section Head" (PDF). Hertfordshire County Council. 21 January 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Croxley Rail Link Watford for Mouchel/Hertfordshire County Completion 2003". Retrieved 20 March 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ Acanthus LW Architects - Infrastructure (Croxley Rail Link)(Page 10-11)
  7. ^ "Major Scheme Business Case - Main Report" (PDF). Croxley Rail Link. 2009-10-30. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Croxley Rail Link". Croxley Rail Link. Archived from the original on 2010-11-02. 
  9. ^ "Major rail schemes included in £854m DfT investment". Railnews. 2011-12-14. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Croxley Rail Link - Proposed Scheme Sheet 3 Proposed Watford Hospital Station" (PDF). Croxley Rail Link. November 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Croxley Rail Link Project: Design & Access Statement" (PDF). Hertfordshire County Council. December 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Vicarage Road approved by Transport for London for Croxley Rail Link's West Watford station name". Watford Observer. 2013-08-08. Archived from the original on 2013-08-09. 
  13. ^ "New Watford tube station to be called Vicarage Road". BBC News (BBC). 2013-08-09. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Metropolitan line
Croxley Rail Link
towards Baker Street or Aldgate