Garston railway station (Hertfordshire)

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Garston National Rail
Garston station east entrance.JPG
Location
Place Garston
Local authority Watford
Grid reference TQ119999
Operations
Station code GSN
Managed by London Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 95,582
2013/14 Decrease 85,532
2014/15 Decrease 65,296
2015/16 Increase 71,984
2016/17 Increase 72,670
History
7 February 1966 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Garston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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

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

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

Bus routes 319, 324 and W1 serve the station.

Future

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

  1. ^ "Paintings transform train station". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 

External links

  • Train times and station information for Garston railway station (Hertfordshire) from National Rail
  • Garston station at abbeyline.org.uk

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


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