Names in the frame for new Croxley Rail Link stations in Watford

Names in the frame for new rail link stations Names in the frame for new rail link stations

Politicians and transport bosses are currently discussing what names to give the two new Metropolitan Line stations due to be built in West Watford as part of the Croxley Rail Link.

London Underground is in negotiations with Watford Borough and Three Rivers District councils over what to call the stations planned for Ascot Road and Vicarage Road.

Watford’s elected mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, said the Vicarage Road station was most likely to be called "Vicarage Road" as it was a recognisable name outside of the town.

However, transport bosses had expressed displeasure about Ascot Road being eponymously named due to their already being an Ascot station in Berkshire.

The name currently under consideration for that station is Cassio Bridge, due to the station’s proximity to the bridge over the Grand Union Canal.

Mayor Thornhill said: "We have been looking at the station names.

"We thought ‘Vicarage Road’, as everyone knows that.

"Other options were the hospital’s name (Watford General) or West Watford.

"Ascot Road at the moment we are struggling with.

"The transport people don’t want us to use Ascot Road because of Ascot [in Berkshire].

"We are suggesting Cassio Bridge Station because of the connection with the canal."

Preliminary work on the £118m project to extend the Metropolitan Line into Watford began this week with ecological surveys being carried out.

The new line, which is expected to be operational by 2016, will run from Croxley station through the two new stations in Ascot Road and Vicarage Road, before heading through Watford High Street Station and terminating at Watford Junction.

Construction of the new link, which will include building a new viaduct over the A412 and Grand Union Canal, will begin in 2014 subject to ministerial approval.


Tom Conniffe says...
2:29pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Quite by coincidence I wrote earlier this week to Mayor Thornhill, various Hertfordshire CC councillors and TfL on this very subject. There are five Ascot Roads in Greater London, from East Ham to Tooting, and such a bland, generic name would add nothing to the character of the local area. When I was growing up locally thirty-odd years ago, the area was still known as Cassiobridge, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to renew the name's historical association with the locality.

The Rover says...
2:37pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Cassio Bridge and Vicarage Road

shalvey says...
3:08pm Fri 7 Jun 13

The Rover wrote:
Cassio Bridge and Vicarage Road
Here Here!

mr_jrt says...
3:26pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Personally, I'd have preferred two stations instead of Vicarage Road - West Watford reopening to serve Tolpits Lane, and a new Watford Hospital/Stadium station near Cardiff Road to serve the hospital and stadium on the southern side of the redevelopment (and taking advantage of the link road that is now going to be built).

Additionally, if they ever decide to rebuild the southern curve to Bushey station to run trains direct from Bushey to Rickmanswoth then Cardiff Road would be the perfect interchange.

Ho hum.

Andrew1963 says...
4:15pm Fri 7 Jun 13

The southern curve was used for Croxley Green Broad Street trains. There were even Bushey starters to Broad Street.With the electrification of the mainline,much of the DC traffic declined. I don't believe there would be much value reinstating the triangle 50 years after its public service demise. The station names are ok- but there are 23 Vicarage Roads in the Greater London A-Z - How about another local name - Caractacus after the Derby winning horse that lived across the road fromthe new sation or Harwoods (after the farm) - I am sure others can come up with other suggestions.


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