|Local authority||District of Three Rivers|
|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Accessible||Yes (Southbound only)|
|London Underground annual entry and exit|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|14 November 1966||Goods yard closed|
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Rickmansworth is an interchange railway station in the town of Rickmansworth, in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire to the northwest of London. It is served by the London Underground 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.
Rickmansworth station opened on 1 September 1887 as the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway's extension from the previous one at Pinner. In 1889, the line was extended from Rickmansworth to Chesham. Rickmansworth was shared with the Great Central Railway which reached Verney Junction in 1868. The introduction of electric trains led to the electric services as far as Rickmansworth on 5 January 1925, allowing the locomotive change over point to be moved. Another platform was constructed in the southern end of the station for the Watford line in 1925. 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 were replaced with 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 London Underground.
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||London Underground||Following station|
London to Aylesbury Line