Harefield Road tube station

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Harefield Road
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How the Central line extension to Harefield Road and Denham might have appeared on the Tube map today if it had been constructed
Harefield Road is located in Greater London
Harefield Road
Harefield Road
Location of Harefield Road in Greater London
Location Uxbridge
Local authority London Borough of Hillingdon
Grid reference TQ060874
Owner Never built
Number of platforms 2
Railway companies
Original company London Underground
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London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°34′34″N 0°28′16″W / 51.5760°N 0.4710°W / 51.5760; -0.4710

Harefield Road was a proposed London Underground station on the western extension of the Central line beyond its current terminus at West Ruislip.

Under the London Passenger Transport Board's 1935–1940 New Works programme, the station would have been built on the existing Great Western & Great Central Joint Railway (GW&GCJR) line between West Ruislip and Denham, the extension's intended terminus.

Like many other new stations built by London Underground in the outskirts of the capital, the construction of the station was intended to stimulate new housing developments in what was a rural part of Middlesex. Works on the extension were postponed during World War II and, after the war, green belt legislation was introduced to limit the expansion of urban areas. The area beyond West Ruislip was within the designated Metropolitan Green Belt and the intended developments were no longer allowed. Consequently, the extension was cut back to West Ruislip, and opened in stages in 1947 and 1948.

Earlier station[edit]

The Central line station site, immediately west of the Harvil Road overbridge, was that of an earlier station on the GW&GCJR line. That station opened on 24 September 1928 as '"Harefield Halt'" and was renamed "'South Harefield Halt'" in May 1929.[1] It was served by shuttle trains forming the mainline local service between Uxbridge High Street, Denham and Gerrards Cross. However, the station lay 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Harefield village and the building boom for which the later Central line extension was intended to cater had not occurred; traffic was so thin that the halt closed again on 1 October 1931.[2] The small goods yard closed at the end of 1952 and the site is now occupied by a commercial company: it has no rail access. The location of Denham East Junction lies immediately to the west of the old goods yard. No trace remains of the 1928 halt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 215
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line and station open
Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Line and station open
Disused railways
Uxbridge High Street
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Uxbridge High Street branch
  West Ruislip
Line and station open
  Abandoned Plans  
  Proposed Denham Extension  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Terminus
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)

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