Elstree & Borehamwood railway station

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A Garratt on an Up coal train in 1954

Elstree & Borehamwood railway station is in the Hertsmere district of Hertfordshire located Template:Convert north of London St Pancras. The station lies on the Midland Main Line and is served by First Capital Connect trains as part of the Thameslink Line service. It is in Travelcard Zone 6. It serves the village of Elstree and the town of Borehamwood, where it is located.

History

In 1862:

"The London and Midland Junction Railway Bill is here referred to as providing for a new line of Railway into the metropolis. It commences from the Midland Railway at Hitchin, passes by St. Albans, Elstree, Edgware, Finchley and Highgate, and terminates by a junction with the Metropolitan Underground Railway at King's Cross, previously throwing out a Branch to the Cattle Market at Copenhagen Fields."

On 22 June 1863, the Midland Railway (Extension to London) Bill was passed:

"An Act for the Construction by the Midland Railway Company of a new Line of Railway between London and Bedford, with Branches therefrom; and for other Purpose".

Situated north of the Elstree Tunnels, it was built by the Midland Railway as simply "Elstree" in 1868 when it built its extension to St Pancras station. By the 1920s, it had been renamed Elstree and Boreham Wood station. It was modernised in 1959. The station was renamed from Elstree & Borehamwood to Elstree on 6 May 1974, but reverted to Elstree & Borehamwood by mid 1988.Template:Citation needed

The "London LOOP" walk passes close to the station on its way from Stanmore to High Barnet.

The station has a PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together for a cheaper price.

Services

The typical off-peak service from the station is four trains per hour southbound to London, Wimbledon and Sutton, and four trains per hour northbound, of which two terminate at St Albans and two run to Luton. On Sundays this is further reduced to two trains per hour in both directions. Peak services run on to Bedford, with late night / early morning services running to Three Bridges and Brighton.

East Midlands Trains InterCity services from Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with InterCity services can be made at Luton Airport Parkway or Luton and St Pancras International.

From March 2009, Southeastern and First Capital Connect began running some peak hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,<ref name="TLMar09TT">Template:Cite book</ref> though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town. Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network may call at the station from 2015, although the existing Sutton Loop trains will continue even though they were originally to have been withdrawn.

Service patterns

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See also

  • Elstree South tube station - unbuilt London Underground station

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