Highbury & Islington station
Highbury & Islington station is a London Underground and National Rail station in the London Borough of Islington in north London. It is served by the Victoria line, London Overground's East and North London Lines and First Capital Connect's Northern City Line.
To allow new four-car trains to run on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Template:Stnlnk and Template:LUL stations was closed between February and May 2010 while a new signalling system was installed and 30 platforms were extended. During this closure, the Highbury & Islington station ticket hall was extended and step-free access installed to all of the London Overground platforms. The North London Line reopened on 1 June 2010; however, the East London Line platforms did not open until March 2011, whilst the Western Curve was reinstated, linking the station to Dalston Junction and the rest of the East London Line.
- 1 History
- 2 Platforms
- 3 Services
- 4 Transport links
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Lines
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The current station derives from two earlier stations. The first, which was on the same site, was an impressive Victorian-gothic building, with a drive-in forecourt, built in 1872 by the North London Railway (NLR).
The second station, on the opposite side of Holloway Road, was opened on 28 June 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway (GN&CR) on its underground line, between Template:LUL stations and Template:LUL stations. This line and stations were operated by the Metropolitan Railway and its successors from 1913 until 1975 when the line, by then called the Northern City Line, was transferred to British Rail. The route is now operated by First Capital Connect. Trains do not currently serve the Northern City Line in the late evening or at weekends, running instead to Template:Stnlnk.
The NLR station was damaged by a V-1 flying bomb on 27 June 1944, however, its main building remained in use until it was demolished in the 1960s during the building of the Victoria line. The original westbound platform buildings remain, as does a small part of the original entrance to the left of the present station entrance.
Today's single-storey structure was built in the 1960s for the opening of the Victoria line on 1 September 1968 and is the entrance for all lines. When the escalators to the deep level platforms were opened the GN&CR station building was closed. Its disused entrance remains and was refurbished externally in 2006 - it houses signalling equipment for the Victoria line.
The Victoria line was built to give as many interchanges as possible with Underground and British Rail lines, with, wherever possible, cross-platform connection between different lines heading in the same direction. To this end at Highbury & Islington the northbound Northern City Line platform was reallocated to the southbound Victoria line to give a direct link between the two southbound platforms; a new northbound platform was constructed for each line; the northbound running NCL tunnel was diverted to its new platform; and the southbound Victoria tunnel was joined to the old northbound NCL tunnel.
Former train operating company Anglia Railways ran services known as London Crosslink from Norwich to Basingstoke via Stratford, which called at Highbury & Islington. This service operated from 2000 until 2002.
Highbury & Islington has a total of eight platforms, divided between those that are on the surface and those that are deep level:
- Platform 1 - East London Line services to Template:Stnlnk
- Platform 2 - East London Line services to Template:Stnlnk
- Platform 3 - Northbound Victoria line
- Platform 4 - Northbound Northern City Line
- Platform 5 - Southbound Victoria line
- Platform 6 - Southbound Northern City Line
- Platform 7 - Westbound North London Line
- Platform 8 - Eastbound North London Line
Platforms for North London Line (NLL) and East London Line (ELL) services are operated by London Overground. On 1 June 2010, following the temporary closure of the route from February 2010 to May 2010, NLL services were rerouted to the newly built platforms 7 and 8 for the AC lines, which replaced the old "special use" platform. Platforms 1 and 2, which previously served the NLL route on third rail lines were closed from February 2010 for reconstruction and reopened in 2011 for the ELL services. The change of platforms allows ELL services to operate without having to cross over NLL tracks.
Deep level platforms
Platforms 3 to 6 are deep-level platforms. Platforms 3 and 5 are used for services on the Victoria line; 4 and 6 are used for First Capital Connect services on weekdays only.
All times below are correct Template:As of.
East London Line
Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 6–9 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 15 minutes, changing to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service after that.
- Highbury & Islington NLL Platforms.jpg
The new layout, viewed from the NLL platforms in 2010.
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The former layout, showing the "special use" platform on the left, normally used by freight trains.
- Highbury & Islington electric crossing.jpg
The end of the 3rd rail and the connecting track between the East and North London Lines.
North London Line
Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 7–8 minutes throughout the morning and evening peaks, changing to roughly every 10 minutes off-peak. On Saturdays the service is approximately every 10 minutes. Sunday services have now resumed and are similar in frequency to the services on Saturdays.
First Capital Connect
Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 4–15 minutes until 10:00, when the frequency is every 10 minutes until 16:00, when the frequency again changes to between every 4–15 minutes until the end of service. There are no services on either Saturday or Sunday.
Westbound there is a service every 2–5 minutes all day, all week. Eastbound there are services every 2–8 minutes all day, all week.
London bus routes 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277, 393, night routes N19 and N41 all serve the station.
North and East London Lines (London Overground)
- Highbury & Islington stn North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
New North London Line platforms looking east.
- Highbury & Islington stn North London Line look west June 2010.jpg
New North London Line platforms looking west
- HighburyIslington North London Line look east June 2010.jpg
Eastbound view from footbridge, with new Class 378 rolling stock.
- Highbury & Islington stn Overground roundel.jpg
Platform signage, as of summer 2010
- Highbury & Islington stn high eastbound June 2010.jpg
June 2010 saw the station transformed into a four-platform station: North London Line on the left, upcoming East London Line on the right
Victoria line (London Underground)
- Highbury & Islington stn Victoria northbound look south.JPG
Northbound platform looking south
- Highbury & Islington stn Victoria southbound look north.JPG
Southbound platform looking north
- Highbury & Islington stn Victoria roundel.JPG
- Highbury tube station layout.png
Plan of the tube platforms at Highbury & Islington showing changes for the opening of the Victoria Line
Great Northern (First Capital Connect)
- Highbury & Islington stn Great Northern northbound look south.JPG
Northbound looking south
- Highbury & Islington stn Great Northern southbound look north.JPG
Southbound looking north
- Highbury & Islington stn Great Northern signage1.JPG
Platform signage in Network Southeast style from the 1980s
- Highbury & Islington stn Great Northern signage2.JPG
Tunnel signage in the style of the current franchise, First Capital Connect
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- Original NLR station
- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
- Geoffrey Tribe's Railway Photo Halt
- More photographs of this station