Garston railway station (Hertfordshire)

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Garston
National Rail
Garston station east entrance.JPG
LocationGarston, Watford
England
Grid referenceTQ119999
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeGSN
ClassificationDfT category F2
Key dates
7 February 1966Opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 72,670
2017/18Increase 80,540
2018/19Increase 80,724
2019/20Decrease 75,218
2020/21Decrease 8,796
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Garston railway station serves the Garston area of Watford in Hertfordshire, England. It is the third station on the Abbey Line after Watford Junction and Watford North. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Northwestern Railway.

Like all the other stations on the branch, Garston is an unstaffed railway halt. At opening by British Rail in 1966 it was a welcome addition to a branch which was otherwise being heavily rationalised.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Mayor of Watford on 7 February 1966. It consisted of just a short wooden platform, and was probably the first new station (as opposed to a relocation) in Great Britain following the Beeching Report of 1963,[citation needed] which led to the closure of many stations.

In 2010 the station was improved with new signage, a new shelter, new lighting & artwork by children from Berry Grove Primary School[1] (now The Grove Academy) - a local school located at the end of Fourth Avenue.

Services[edit]

Trains operate between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey every 40 – 45 minutes in each direction Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sundays.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Watford North   London Northwestern Railway
Abbey Line
  Bricket Wood

Bus routes[edit]

Bus routes 319, 324 and W1 serve the station.

Future[edit]

Possible changes on the line include new means of buying tickets, and the restoration of a passing loop at Bricket Wood, which would facilitate a 30-minute train service. In October 2009 the Department for Transport announced plans to convert the line to light rail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paintings transform train station". Watford Observer. Retrieved 27 October 2015.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°41′13″N 0°22′55″W / 51.687°N 0.382°W / 51.687; -0.382