Mysteries of the deep – things you never knew about Bucks’ underground
CHESHAM and Amersham tube stations are a fair way out of London, so we sent reporters Katy Clifton and Qasim Peracha to discover a little more about them CHESHAM
The only station and terminus of the Chesham branch of the Metropolitan line, Chesham stationed opened in July 1889. It’s now Grade II listed thanks to its original features like the ironwork, wooden entrance and signalling cabin.
There used to be two platforms at Chesham but when 4 car stock rains were phased out one was abandoned. In the 1990s this platform was turned into a garden, which won innumerable awards, which are still on display in the station’s waiting room.
Long before Chesham became a top spot for commuters to London, it had a proud industrial heritage, but the goods yard at Chesham has now become the station’s car park and the Waitrose car park next to it.
Chesham is also the furthest North and furthest West of any station on the entire London Underground network. The distance between Chalfont & Latimer and Chesham is also the longest between any two adjacent stations on the network, at 3.89 miles, and takes around nine minutes. AMERSHAM
Amersham Station was opened in 1882 as part of the extension of the Metropolitan Line from Chalfont & Latimer to Aylesbury. Eventually the line went even further, with termini at Brill and Verney Junction.
Travellers from London to Amersham would have to step off their electric trains at Rickmansworth and hop on board a steam train to get to the Bucks towns of Amersham, Great Missenden and Aylesbury until 1960. The station was ear-marked for having step free access to all platforms but in 2009 TfL withdrew its plans due to lack of funds. The last Metropolitan Line service to Bucks towns beyond Amersham was in 1961.