Gerrards Cross railway station
Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox GB station Gerrards Cross railway station is a railway station between the villages of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire, England. It is on the Chiltern Main Line between Template:Rws and Template:Rws.
A single weekday service to Template:Rws starts from Gerrards Cross, arriving in London at 1132 (as of the December 2011 timetable),<ref name="timetable">Template:Cite web</ref> running non-stop from Template:Rws. There is an equivalent service departing from Paddington at 1136, which runs non-stop to Gerrards Cross. Gerrards Cross - Paddington trains traverse the now rarely used former main line between Northolt Junction and Old Oak Common Junction, in many places reduced to a single track. This section is used more frequently by freight and waste trains, and also diversions during engineering works.
The station was built as part of the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway and was opened in April 1906 as Gerrards Cross for the Chalfonts. It is in a deep cutting that was dug for the line to maintain a very shallow maximum gradient to allow for fast running with steam-hauled trains. The original station layout was four track, with two through roads and two platform roads. There was a small goods yard north of the line. This has now been removed, but services from Marylebone that terminate at Gerrards Cross use the siding there.
The new line and station virtually created the present Gerrards Cross;Template:Citation needed the original settlement lay for the most part along the Oxford Road.
The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Railways to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.
In October 2007 work began on installing ticket barriers, these became operational on Monday 10 March 2008.Template:Citation needed
Template:Main thumb A development by the Tesco supermarket chain turned the cutting on the London side of the station into a tunnel by the use of large concrete ring segments to form the tunnel profile. The space on top of these segments was filled in to form a ground surface on which the new supermarket was built.
At 19:35 on 30 June 2005, Template:Convert of tunnel roof near its eastern end collapsed, depositing broken tunnel segment fragments and many tonnes of infill material on the track. News pictures showed that the concrete segments adjoining the hole, which were still in place, appeared to have bowed downwards where two segments met.
A Marylebone-bound train was standing at the "up" platform when the tunnel collapsed. Its driver saw the collapse and raised the alarm, so all rail traffic was stopped. No one was injured. A "down" train that had left Denham had to make an emergency stop between stations and go back to Template:Rws to allow its passengers to alight. Again, no one was injured.
Service restoration and line centenary
Following work on removing infill material and various concrete segments, both those that actually failed and those that were judged unsafe but had not actually collapsed, the trackwork and signalling system were restored. Train services resumed from start of normal timetable on Saturday 20 August 2005.
Gerrards Cross railway station had its centenary in 2006. This was celebrated with two London, Midland and Scottish Railway steam locomotives, Class 8F 48151 and Jubilee Class 5690 Leander, hauling trains between Marylebone and High Wycombe.