Mys­ter­ies of the deep – things you never knew about Bucks’ un­der­ground

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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.

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