Harefield Road
Harefield Road is located in Greater London
Harefield Road
Harefield Road
Location of Harefield Road in Greater London
LocationUxbridge
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Grid referenceTQ060874
OwnerNever built
Number of platforms2
Railway companies
Original companyLondon Underground
Other information
WGS8451°34′34″N 0°28′16″W / 51.5760°N 0.4710°W / 51.5760; -0.4710
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Harefield Road was a proposed London Underground station on the western branch of the Central line beyond its current terminus at West Ruislip.

Under the London Passenger Transport Board's 1935–1940 New Works programme, the station would have been built alongside the existing Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway (GW&GCJR) line between West Ruislip and Denham as the penultimate station on the Central line's extension from North Acton.[a]

Like many other new stations built by London Underground in the outskirts of the capital, the construction of the station was intended to stimulate new housing developments in what was a rural part of Middlesex. Works on the extension were postponed during World War II and, after the war, green belt legislation was introduced to limit the expansion of urban areas. The area beyond West Ruislip fell within the designated Metropolitan Green Belt, and, as the intended housing developments were no longer allowed, the extension beyond West Ruislip was cancelled.[2][b]

Earlier station

The line through the station site was opened for goods services by the GW&GCJR on 20 November 1905 with passenger services beginning on 2 April 1906.[4] and had previously been occupied by a short-lived station.

On 24 September 1928, the GW&GCJR opened a station as Harefield Halt.[5] This was renamed South Harefield Halt in May 1929.[5] A goods yard was served from 27 June 1929.[4] The station was 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Harefield village and usage was low, so the halt and goods yard were closed on 30 September 1931.[4][6]

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ The extension from North Acton involved construction of two new tracks for the Central line parallel to and on the south side of the GW&GCJR tracks.[1]
  2. ^ The extension to West Ruislip opened to Greenford in 1947 and to West Ruislip in 1948.[3]

References

  1. ^ Bruce & Croome 2006, p. 38.
  2. ^ Bruce & Croome 2006, p. 60.
  3. ^ Rose 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Brown 2015, p. 9.
  5. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 114.
  6. ^ Butt 1995, p. 215.

Bibliography

  • Brown, Joe (2015) [2006]. London Railway Atlas (4th ed.). Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3819-6.
  • Bruce, J Graeme; Croome, Desmond F (2006) [1996]. The Central Line (2nd ed.). Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-297-9.
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  • Rose, Douglas (2016) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (9th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-404-1.
Historical railways
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Line and station open
Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway
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Disused railways
Uxbridge High Street
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Uxbridge High Street branch
  West Ruislip
Line and station open
Abandoned plans
Proposed Denham extension
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Denham
Terminus
Central line West Ruislip