Arlesey railway station

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Arlesey National Rail
Arlesey
The small station building
Location
Place Arlesey
Local authority Central Bedfordshire
Grid reference TL190378
Operations
Station code ARL
Managed by First Capital Connect
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.257 million
2004/05 Increase 0.327 million
2005/06 Increase 0.350 million
2006/07 Increase 0.369 million
2007/08 Increase 0.398 million
2008/09 Increase 0.414 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.411 million
2010/11 Increase 0.445 million
2011/12 Increase 0.503 million
2012/13 Increase 0.535 million
History
7 August 1850 Station opens as Arlsey and Shefford Road
March 1860 Station renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road
July 1893 Station renamed Arlesey
July 1895 Station renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road
1 March 1933 Station renamed Arlesey and Henlow
5 January 1959 Station closes
3 October 1988 Rebuilt station opens
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arlesey from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Arlesey railway station serves the town of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, England. The station is 37 miles (60 km) north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line. Arlesey is managed and served by First Capital Connect.

Arlesey is the nearest station to the towns of Stotfold and Shefford and to the villages of Langford, Clifton and Henlow.

History[edit]

Original station[edit]

The first section of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) (from Louth to a junction with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway at Grimsby) opened on 1 March 1848; but the southern section of the main line (from Maiden Lane to Peterborough) was not opened until 7 August 1850. One of the 1850 stations was Arlsey and Shefford Road.[1][2][3] It was renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road in March 1860, but the shorter name of Arlesey was used between July 1893 and July 1895.[3]

The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) during the Grouping of 1923. On 1 March 1933 the LNER renamed the station Arlesey and Henlow.[3] The station passed to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The station and the adjacent Three Counties railway station were closed to passengers on 5 January 1959[3] and to goods on 28 November 1960 and demolished soon after due to declining receipts.[3][4]

Present station[edit]

The line, however, remained open; and the present station built by Network SouthEast opened on 3 October 1988 on the site of the original station in the Church End area of Arlesey. The rebuilt station was designed to be fully accessible to wheelchairs but was initially unusable by those who couldn't leave their chair as there were no facilities for 'loading and unloading'. First Capital Connect provided the station with ramps in 2006, and users now simply have to ring 24 hours in advance for assistance.

In 2006 Her Majesty The Queen visited the station.[citation needed]

The station's platforms are currently being lengthened to accommodate 12 car trains scheduled to serve the station upon completion of the Thameslink Programme.[5]

Platform view 1991

Facilities[edit]

The station is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and FCC installed modern LED lights on both platforms in 2009.[6]

The station now has two small shelters on both platforms. The station is currently (as of 2010) served by a small portable cafe in the mornings.

There is a ticket office on the southbound platform with a Permit to Travel Machine and a modern Touch Screen ticket machine located in front of the booking office. Cycle storage is provided on both sides of the station; although only the southbound side has secure storage. First Capital Connect installed a help point on Platform 1.

Arlesey station does not currently have automatic ticket gates. First Capital Connect may provide gates during the next major refurbishment if passenger usage picks up.

Services[edit]

Arlesey station is served by a half-hourly service southbound to London Kings Cross and northbound to Peterborough. There is an hourly service in each direction on Sundays.

Timetables for Arlesey can be seen and downloaded here.

FCC Great Northern Route
King's Lynn
Watlington
Downham Market
National Rail Peterborough
Littleport
Ely National Rail
Huntingdon
Waterbeach
Cambridge National Rail
St Neots
Foxton
Shepreth
Sandy
Meldreth
Royston
Biggleswade
Ashwell & Morden
Baldock
Arlesey
Letchworth Gdn City
Hitchin
National Rail Stevenage
Knebworth
Watton-at-Stone
Welwyn North
Hertford North
Welwyn Gdn City
Bayford
Hatfield
Cuffley
Welham Green
Crews Hill
Brookmans Park
Gordon Hill
Potters Bar
Enfield Chase
Hadley Wood
Grange Park
New Barnet
Winchmore Hill
Oakleigh Park
Palmers Green
New Southgate
Bowes Park
Alexandra Palace
Hornsey
Harringay
London Underground Finsbury Park
National Rail London Underground King's Cross
Drayton Park
Highbury
& Islington
London Underground London Overground
Essex Road
Old Street London Underground
Moorgate London Underground

Ticket Office Opening Times & Station Staffing Hours[edit]

Below are the current opening and staffing times for Arlesey, as of 2010.[7]

Ticket Office Hours
Day Opens Closes
Monday to Friday 06:45 12:10
Saturday 07:45 13:10
Sunday - -
Station Staffing Hours
Day From Until
Monday to Friday 06:30 12:30
Saturday 07:30 13:30
Sunday - -

Route[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
First Capital Connect
Great Northern Peterborough Line
Historical railways
Line open; Station closed
Great Northern Railway
Line and station open

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. CN 8983. 
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Gordon, W.J. (1989) [1910]. Our Home Railways. London: Bracken Books. ISBN 1-85170-314-4. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°01′34″N 0°15′58″W / 52.026°N 0.266°W / 52.026; -0.266