Cassiobridge tube station

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Cassiobridge London Underground
Watford, Ascot Road railway bridge - geograph.org.uk - 735534.jpg
View looking north towards the future site (right) of Cassiobridge station
Cassiobridge is located in Hertfordshire
Cassiobridge
Cassiobridge
Location of Cassiobridge in Hertfordshire
Location Watford
Local authority Watford Borough Council
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 No Data[1]
2012 No Data[1]
2013 No Data[1]
2014 No Data[1]
Key dates
2018[2] Planned opening
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°39′04″N 0°25′27″W / 51.650993°N 0.424283°W / 51.650993; -0.424283

Cassiobridge is a planned London Underground station in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. The station will be the first station on the Metropolitan line's Croxley Rail Link diversion to Watford Junction.

After the new line is open Watford station will be closed to passenger services, so that all trains from Croxley continue to Watford Junction. The station is projected to become an interchange with bicycle facilities and local transportation,[3] and will operate as an unstaffed station, providing automatic ticketing facilities similar to a DLR station. There is also potential for Park and Ride facilities to be provided, although planning documents indicate high levels of congestion on adjacent roads.[4]

The railway line will run over Ascot Road via a viaduct and the platforms will be situated on the east side of the road. The station's entrance will be from the west side of the road, with a ticket hall and other station facilities at street level. Passengers will gain access to the platforms stairs and lifts and a short footbridge over the road.[5]

The rail link and station were originally scheduled to open in 2016,[6] but they are now expected to come into passenger service in 2018.[2]

Cassiobridge also replaces the disused British Rail terminus of Croxley Green.

Station name[edit]

The station was originally to be called Ascot Road, but many local people and councillors felt that this name would not reflect the identity of the area. Transport planners also expressed concern that the new Tube station may be too easily confused with Ascot Station in Berkshire. After some consultation on the names of the two new stations on the line, it was decided in August 2013 to use the name Cassiobridge instead, while the planned Watford Hospital station was changed to Watford Vicarage Road to be more recognisable outside of the area.[7][7][8]

The Cassiobridge name has some historical provenance; there was a Cassiobridge Farm in the area, close to a bridge over the River Gade, and there is an early 19th-century timber house called Cassiobridge Lodge. These properties are linked with the former stately home of Cassiobury House and its estate, now the public Cassiobury Park, and the surrounding suburb of Cassiobury.[9][10] The two modern bridges in the area now carry the A412 road over the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade.[8]

Cassiobridge and the Croxley Rail Link
1920 OS map of Watford showing Cassiobridge at the bottom left corner
1920 OS map of Watford showing Cassio Bridge at the bottom left corner
Map of the Croxley Rail Link via Cassiobridge, due to open in 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Croxley Rail Link update". 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Watford Vision, Principles, Aims and Strategy - Chapter 4: Movement" (PDF). Watford Borough Council. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "DfT Expression of Interest - Submission for Funding" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Cassiobridge Station Ascot Road" (PDF). Hertfordshire County Council Development Management Section Head. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "TWAO Submission January 2012". Croxley Rail Link. 2012-01-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. 
  7. ^ a b Wright, Mike (2013-06-07). "Names in the frame for new Croxley Rail Link stations in Watford". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. 
  8. ^ a b Wright, Mike (2013-07-22). "Croxley Rail Link: Politicians lobby TFL over West Watford station name". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 2013-08-05. 
  9. ^ Rabbitts, Paul; Priestley, Sarah (2014). Cassiobury: The Ancient Seat of the Earls (Google eBook). Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445638805. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cassio Bridge Lodge, Watford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Metropolitan line
Croxley Rail Link
towards Baker Street or Aldgate