Some might not assume that Hertfordshire is home to multiple underground stations, but many of our towns are right on the capital border – so it makes sense to have them.
Watford is just minutes away from north-west London, making it the closest town in Hertfordshire to the city and an ideal spot for a direct underground route into London.
That being said, many of the major towns in the county are known as commuter towns – such as Hitchin, Stevenage, St Albans, Hatfield and Potters Bar – where it only takes 25-30 minutes to get to King’s Cross St Pancras railway station.
It would be great to have an underground station in each of these towns, potentially halving that journey time, but unfortunately we only have five of the 16 which aren’t in London – out of the 270 stations in total.
That being said, you could be just around the corner from one of these five stations.
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Chorleywood comes under Zone 7 and is on the Metropolitan line (magenta colour).
The station is also served by Chiltern Railways which runs trains from London Marylebone station through to Aylesbury.
The layout of the station is easy to navigate round as it has two platforms shared between the London Underground Metropolitan line and the National Rail.
The station opened in 1925 and was formerly known as Croxley Green. The name first caused confusion because there was another Croxley Green opened by the LNWR in 1912, so the station was renamed to Croxley in 1949.
It is the only intermediate station on the branch between Moor Park on the main line from Baker Street to Amersham.
Located on Watford Road, it is on the Watford branch which is also on the Metropolitan line.
Moor Park station is in both Zone 6 and Zone 7, between the Metropolitan line stations of Rickmansworth, Croxley and Northwood.
The station didn’t open until 1910 and was previously called Sandy Lodge, after the Sandy Lodge Golf Club.
The lines were electrified in 1925 when the Watford branch was opened and electric-hauled trains passed to Rickmansworth to exchange the traction for steam.
Fast and semi-fast trains also run from this station but only during peak times. The fast train to Aldgate runs in the morning peak, and to Amersham or Chesham it runs in the evening peak.
Rickmansworth is an interchange station served by the London Underground Metropolitan line and by Chiltern Railway, and is in Zone 7.
Rickmansworth is still one of few locations on the line where train drivers are based and also remains a changeover point for drivers.
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 London Underground map.
The station is served by trains on the Metropolitan line to Amersham and to Chesham from Baker Street, as well as at peak times from Aldgate.
The station is in the Cassiobury area, on Cassiobury Park Avenue at the junction with Metropolitan Station Approach, close to two of the entrances to Cassiobury Park.
The station is constructed in red brick with a clay-tiled hipped roof, tall brick chimney stacks, timber sash and casement windows.
In December 2011 the typical off-peak service from Watford, Hertfordshire, was four trains per hour to Baker Street with a limited service to Aldgate at peak times.