Rickmansworth station

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Rickmansworth London Underground National Rail
Rickmansworth station building.JPG
Rickmansworth is located in Hertfordshire
Location of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire
Location Rickmansworth
Local authority District of Three Rivers
Managed by London Underground
Station code RIC
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes (Southbound only)[1]
Fare zone 7
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 2.24 million[2]
2014 Increase 2.42 million[2]
2015 Increase 2.44 million[2]
2016 Increase 2.46 million[2]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Decrease 0.734 million[3]
2013–14 Increase 0.807 million[3]
2014–15 Increase 0.931 million[3]
2015–16 Increase 1.124 million[3]
2016–17 Increase 1.162 million[3]
Key dates
1887 Opened
14 November 1966 Goods yard closed
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • TfL station info page
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
WGS84 51°38′25″N 0°28′24″W / 51.64027°N 0.47333°W / 51.64027; -0.47333Coordinates: 51°38′25″N 0°28′24″W / 51.64027°N 0.47333°W / 51.64027; -0.47333
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Rickmansworth is a London Underground (LU) station in the town of Rickmansworth, in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire to the northwest of London. It is served by the LU Metropolitan line and by Chiltern Railways. It is one of the few stations beyond Greater London served by the London Underground, and as a consequence is in Travelcard Zone 7, previously Zone A.


Until 1961, Rickmansworth station was the changeover point from steam to electric locomotives for Metropolitan line trains from Aylesbury (and Verney Junction) to London. The electrification was then extended north to Amersham and Chesham, leaving Aylesbury services to be served by British Rail Class 115 diesel multiple unit trains (since replaced by Chiltern Railways Class 165 and Class 168 units). Locomotive hauled trains (steam and electric) on the Metropolitan line were then replaced by the new trains of A60 and A62 Stock.

  • 1 September 1887: station opened by the Metropolitan Railway, from the previous terminus at Pinner
  • 8 July 1889: extension to Chesham opened
  • 15 March 1899: Great Central Railway services began
  • 2 November 1925: extension to Watford opened from both Rickmansworth and Moor Park; extension of electric train services as far as Rickmansworth
  • 3 January 1960: Croxley and Watford passenger service via the west curve withdrawn
  • 12 September 1960: electric train services extended from Rickmansworth to Chesham and Amersham
  • 10 September 1961: last regular steam services withdrawn
  • 14 November 1966: Goods yard closed[4]
  • 11 May 1987: early morning services to Croxley and Watford reinstated

Rickmansworth is one of few locations on the Met where train drivers are based and remains a changeover point for drivers on the Metropolitan line. The majority of LU trains heading north to Amersham are timetabled to stop at Rickmansworth for about five minutes to change train staff. Rickmansworth hosts the headquarters of the operational side of the northern section of the Met, controlling signals on the line from Northwood to Watford and Chorleywood. Many evening-running Metropolitan trains terminate at Rickmansworth due to the number of sidings near the station.

Ticket Barriers are in operation.

In 2018, it was announced that the station would gain step free access by 2022, as part of a £200m investment to increase the number of accessible stations on the Tube.[5]


On the London Underground, the station is served by trains on the Amersham branch of the Metropolitan line, where it is located between Moor Park and Chorleywood stations. There are also occasional services between Rickmansworth and Watford early in the morning and late in the evening.

On the National Rail network, Rickmansworth is served by Chiltern Railways between Marylebone and Aylesbury via Harrow-on-the-Hill and Chorleywood. During peak-time, Chiltern trains with six or more carriages do not stop at Rickmansworth because the platforms are too short.

There are two tracks through the station, shared in both directions by London Underground and National Rail trains. A third unused platform from the steam days is still in place. It was used when shuttle trains ran to and from Watford through the west curve.

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Amersham or Chesham
Metropolitan line
towards Baker Street or Aldgate
National Rail National Rail
Chorleywood   Chiltern Railways
London to Aylesbury Line



  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. March 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News. London Underground Railway Society (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617. 
  5. ^ "Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free". London City Hall. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 


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