Bricket Wood railway station
|Local authority||St Albans|
|Managed by||London Northwestern Railway|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1858|
|5 May 1858||Station opened|
|1913||Installation of 2nd platform and crossing loop|
|1966||Demolition of 2nd platform and loop|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bricket Wood from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Bricket Wood railway station is in the village of Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, England, on the Abbey Line 3¼ miles (5 km) east of Watford Junction. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Northwestern Railway.
The station once had a crossing loop and a second platform that could accommodate long excursion trains. Many Edwardian families from London came here to enjoy the fresh air, woodland and two large funfairs that once stood nearby.
The station building, long disused, is the only surviving original building on the line. Responsibility for the line, including Bricket Wood, passed in November 2007 from Silverlink to London Midland.
Emergency Railway Control Centre
In the 1950s, in response to the threat of Soviet aggression. Plans were prepared for the construction of twenty-five atom-bomb-proof control bunkers outside of expected target areas. Only five were completed and the one at Bricket Wood is situated in the trees between the station and Railway Cottages. It was built in about 1954 to take over the running of the railway network from the London Euston control room in the event of war.
As of 2014 only two were remaining in England. The control centre built at Bricket Wood is a post-war Standard District Control Building Type L built, measuring roughly 11m x 29m. Of reinforced concrete construction, it has a single protected doorway in each of the shorter walls. This would appear to be the sole surviving example of this type in England, one other survives in Scotland at Burntisland.
Installation of Oyster card readers on the stations along the branch is a possibility, although there are other ticketing options too.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bricket Wood railway station.|
- McCamley, Nick (31 May 2013). "Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers: The Passive Defence of the Western World During the Cold War". Pen and Sword – via Google Books.
- Train times and station information for Bricket Wood railway station from National Rail
- Bricket Wood station at abbeyline.org.uk
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Garston||London Northwestern Railway