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PostSubject: Following Watkin's retirement   Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:43 pm

The 10,598 passenger journeys in 1932 made Quainton Road by far the busiest of the Metropolitan Railway's rural passenger stations north of Aylesbury. In comparison, the isolated Verney Junction railway station saw only 943 passenger journeys in the same year, and the five other stations on the Brill Tramway had a combined passenger total of 7,761.[88][note 11]
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Following Watkin's retirement relations between the Great Central Railway and the Metropolitan Railway deteriorated badly. The GCR route to London ran over MR lines from Quainton Road to London, and to reduce reliance on the hostile MR, GCR General Manager William Pollitt decided to create a link with the Great Western Railway to create a second route into London which bypassed all MR property.[89] In 1899 the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway began construction of a new line, commonly known as the Alternative Route, to link the GWR's existing station at Princes Risborough to the new Great Central line. The line ran from Princes Risborough north to meet the Great Central at Grendon Underwood, about three miles (5 km) north of Quainton Road, thus bypassing Quainton Road altogether.[14][90] Although formally an independent company, in practice the new line was operated as a part of the Great Central Railway.[91] A substantial part of the GCR's traffic to and from London was diverted onto the Alternative Route, reducing the significance of Quainton Road as an interchange and damaging the profitability of the MR's railway operations



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