Cockfosters tube station

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Cockfosters London Underground
CockfostersExterior better.jpg
Cockfosters is located in Greater London
Location of Cockfosters in Greater London
Location Cockfosters
Local authority London Borough of Enfield
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 4 (facing 3 tracks)
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Steady 1.67 million[1]
2011 Increase 1.72 million[1]
2012 Increase 1.81 million[1]
2013 Increase 1.97 million[1]
Key dates
31 July 1933 Opened (Piccadilly line)
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1358718[2]
Added to list 26 May 1987
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°39′06″N 0°08′56″W / 51.6516°N 0.1488°W / 51.6516; -0.1488

Cockfosters is a London Underground station on the Piccadilly line for which it is the northern terminus. The station is located on Cockfosters Road (A111) approximately nine miles from central London and serves Cockfosters in the London Borough of Barnet although it is actually located a short distance across the borough boundary in the neighbouring London Borough of Enfield. The station is in Travelcard Zone 5 and the next station south-east is Oakwood.


The station opened on 31 July 1933, the last of the stations on the extension of the line from Finsbury Park to do so and four months after Oakwood station (then called Enfield West) opened. Prior to its opening, "Trent Park" and "Cock Fosters" (an early spelling of the area's name) were suggested as alternative station names. The original site hoarding displayed the name as a single word.

The station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, glass and reinforced concrete.[3] Compared with the other new stations Holden designed for the extension, Cockfosters' street buildings are modest in scale, lacking the mass of Oakwood or Arnos Grove or the avant-garde flourish of Southgate. Holden's early design sketches show the station with two towers.[4] The most striking feature of the station is the tall concrete and glass trainshed roof and platform canopies which are supported by portal frames of narrow blade-like concrete columns and beams rising from the platforms and spanning across the tracks. The trainshed roof constructed at Uxbridge in 1937-38 was built to a similar design. Cockfosters station is a Grade II listed building.

The station has three tracks with platforms number 1 to 4; the centre track being served from both sides by platforms 2 and 3. This is an example of the so-called Spanish solution. Most eastbound Piccadilly trains terminate here although some terminate at Oakwood or Arnos Grove, particularly in peak hours or in the evenings. Cockfosters depot is located between Oakwood and Cockfosters and trains can access or leave it from either direction.

2006–7 Refurbishment[edit]

In late 2006, Cockfosters Station began an intensive refurbishment programme to bring it up to standards with all other stations on the Tube network, as part of the Tube's £10billion upgrade scheme. The aim was to modernise the area, but still maintain the charm of the old building.

The plans included:

  • Resurfacing the staircase on the east and west entrances to make them more user-friendly for those with sight problems.
  • Painting of the original wooden seating areas on the east side entrance as well as minor restoration.
  • Fitting of "Emergency Signal" notices on either side of the station to alert passengers of closed entrances.
  • Installation of electronic platform train schedule systems, which inform passengers of immediate tube departures in addition to the destination. This aims to reduce confusion as to which of the three tube platforms' trains will be leaving first, and when.
  • Installation of full CCTV operation both above and below the station grounds to improve security.
  • Installation of London Underground Passenger Information Systems, both above and below ground

The above improvements were made to the station as well as a number of more minor additions to improve the building and bring it up to modern-day usage standards.

The improvements were completed by May 2007.

Exterior of Cockfosters Station in 1984

Places Nearby[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Cockfosters tube station features prominently in the novel While England Sleeps by American author David Leavitt. One of the novel's protagonists is writing a book entitled The Train to Cockfosters.[5]


London Buses routes 299; 384; 298 and night route N91 serve the station.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "COCKFOSTERS LONDON REGIONAL TRANSPORT STATION INCLUDING PLATFORMS AND PLATFORM CANOPIES". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 2013-08-15. 
  3. ^ Paulsen, Ingvild (14 June 2003). "Undergrunnsarkitektur". Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian). p. 28. 
  4. ^ "Underground Journeys: Cockfosters". Royal Institute of British Architects. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Max, D.T. (3 October 1993). "The Lost Language of Leavitt : WHILE ENGLAND SLEEPS By David Leavitt (Viking: $22; 304 pp.) ". Los Angeles Times. 

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