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    • Qype User ellie_…
    • Watford, Hertfordshire
    • 10 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/10/2008

    i use this all the time, its cheap for a return.
    only £1.10 as im classed as a child, but for a single its like £1 :S
    that i dont get, it should be like 60p
    but it has a cafe, not usually a long wait. warm :)

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/3/2008
    First to Review

    Watford Junction is the first important stop and a major interchange on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) out of London Euston, and the terminus of the local services via Watford High Street, from St Albans Abbey and from Brighton and Gatwick via the West London line. Over 4 million passengers use the station every year, with a further 500,000 changing trains here.

    I use it to change to and from the Watford-Brighton service and, although it is useful, I can't say it is the most pleasant station to use. The station was rebuilt in 1909 and again in the 1980s. But the buildings are architecturally nondescript, and most of the public areas are cramped and dreary. Though reasonably modern and busy, it has a faint air of neglect about it. There are plans for a major refurbishment in 2009.

    Although the origins of the WCML line through Watford date back to the opening of the London & Birmingham railway in 1838, Watford Junction came into being in 1858 when the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) opened its line to St Albans Abbey. A line to Rickmansworth via Watford High Street opened in 1862.

    In 1907 the LNWR began work to add an additional pair of tracks from London via Watford High Street, linking into the Bakerloo Line at Queen's Park. This was completed in stages, with Bakerloo trains reaching Watford in 1917, and the Euston-Watford service commencing in 1922. The Bakerloo service was terminated south of Watford in 1982, although the local Euston-Watford service is now run by London Transport under the brand of 'London Overground'.

    10 platforms are currently in use: 4 platforms for main line services, 2 each for the fast and suburban services. A selection of fast trains to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Glasgow stop here, as well as four trains an hour each way running from Euston to Tring, Milton Keynes and Northampton. There are also 4 platforms for the 20-minute interval service to Euston via Watford Junction, one for the hourly Watford-Brighton service, and one for the local service to St Albans Abbey.

    Facilities include several cafés and a newsagents, cycle-storage, taxi rank, cash-point and extensive car parking. The whole station has step-free access (via lifts) and a disabled toilet  although the route to platform 11 for the service to St Albans Abbey train involves a long, circuitous route around the end of platform 10 and along an old disused platform.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/9/2011

    Decent station. Always a good service of taxis. Walk to town in 5 minutes. Major train stops, eg Virgin. Get non stoppers to london or fast trains to north.
    Couple of vendors in station or on platforms, although station is tiny compared with waterloo.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/8/2012

    A good station to connect to London straight to Euston or Milton Keynes, or further to Manchester and even Scotland. Virgin trains are my preferred for long trips.

    • Qype User janey_…
    • Watford, Hertfordshire
    • 4 friends
    • 51 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This station has acceptable amenities with a small newspaper stand, cafe and a takeaway coffee outlet. The station is quite old (not in a cute way) meaning that it feels shabby and grubby a lot of the time. here is lift access to all platforms which makes access with a wheelchair or buggy very good. Platform and gate staff are generally courteous but not friendly. The station used to be run by silverlink but they lost the franchise (much to commuter satisfaction) however they have kept many of the ticketing staff whose attitudes and service leaves a lot to be desired. Queues for tickets can be very long with abrupt or even rude service. Teenagers are given especially short shrift which I found when travelling with a cousin who was treated disgracefully by a member of the sales team.

    • Qype User freeg1…
    • Watford, Hertfordshire
    • 2 friends
    • 28 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    24/1/2009

    Old and shabby and quite small given the passenger number it serves. Most of the platforms are connected by a single narrow tunnel which gets very crowded at peak times. Access to platforms is not always in the order you expect.

    My experiences of buying tickets from cashiers there has not been good as the staff were unfriendly and seemed to have no interest in helping customers.

    In a good location for Clarendon Road where lots of companies have their UK headquarters, easy walking distance to town centre. Taxi rank immediately outside.

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