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.


Rickmansworth opened on 1 September 1887 by the Metropolitan Railway, from the previous terminus at Pinner and later extended from Rickmansworth to Chesham in 1889. Rickmansworth soon shared with the Great Central Railway where they travelled across to Verney Junction, following the Metropolitan. Another extension to Watford had a third bay platform construction in the southern end of the station. The introduction of electric trains led the electrification end at Rickmansworth, where trains swap and take each other over (for example, those towards Verney Junction are continued via steam). A proposal to finish the electrification to Aylesbury became part of the New Works Programme, which was delayed by the Second World War and when completed got only as far as Amersham with British Rail trains completing their journeys to Aylesbury. The daily Rickmansworth-Watford shuttle ceased and the final steam train withdrew on 10 September 1961. Electric locomotive hauled trains on the Metropolitan line also ceased together by the A60 and A62 Stock.

In 1987 the shuttle to Watford resumed but only one operated during early morning and late evenings each way. This was later extended to Amersham when the new S8 Stock were introduced.

Rickmansworth is still 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 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.

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.[4]


On the London Underground, the station is served by trains on the Metropolitan line to Amersham and to Chesham from Baker Street and at peak times fom Aldgate.

On National Rail, Rickmansworth is served by Chiltern Railways between Marylebone and Aylesbury via Harrow-on-the-Hill. 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 bay platform is rarely used nowadays but once been part of shuttles to Watford. There are occasional services between Amersham (formally Rickmansworth) and Watford early in the morning and late in the evening each way.

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. ^ "Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free". London City Hall. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 


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