Watford West railway station

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Watford West
Watford West May2014.JPG
The remains of the station in May 2014.
Watford West is located in Hertfordshire
Watford West
Watford West
Location of Watford West in Hertfordshire
Location
Place Watford
Local authority Watford
Grid reference TQ098955
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
15 June 1912 (1912-06-15) Station opened
22 March 1996 Services ceased
6 November 2002 Official closure
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°38′55″N 0°24′51″W / 51.6485°N 0.4143°W / 51.6485; -0.4143

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.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1912 and was temporarily closed in 1996 before being permanently closed on 6 November 2002.[1] Facilities at the station had been downgraded in the years prior to closure and as the station was initially only temporarily closed, the remaining station furniture, including the lampposts, signage and drivers mirrors, was left in situ. More than fifteen years on, despite nature reclaiming the station, the station furniture largely remains in place although both mirrors have now collapsed and almost all of the signage has disappeared, in contrast to the signage at street-level which remains in place.[2][3][4]

In 2004-05, several years after the station was mothballed, ten passengers purchased tickets for travel to the station,[5] placing it higher than Gainsborough Central.

Future[edit]

The track will be re-opened as part of the Metropolitan line Croxley Rail Link, approved by the Government on 14 December 2011.[6] It is not planned to re-open Watford West because a new station, Watford Vicarage Road, will be built on Vicarage Road. The electrical substation required for the new line will be built on land adjacent to Tolpits Lane to the south of Watford West. The platform on the north side will be demolished.[7]

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ Pictures of Watford West station taken in 2008
  4. ^ Disused stations - Watford West
  5. ^ "Estimates of station usage". Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Croxley Rail Link plan approved by Government". The Watford Observer. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Major Scheme Business Case - Main Report". 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Croxley Green
Line and station closed
  Network SouthEast
Croxley Green Branch
  Watford Stadium
Line and station closed