Harlow Town railway station

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Harlow Town National Rail
Harlow Town
Platform 3
Place Harlow
Local authority Harlow
Coordinates 51°46′52″N 0°05′42″E / 51.781°N 0.095°E / 51.781; 0.095Coordinates: 51°46′52″N 0°05′42″E / 51.781°N 0.095°E / 51.781; 0.095
Grid reference TL446112
Station code HWN
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.667 million
2005/06 Decrease 1.627 million
2006/07 Increase 1.653 million
2007/08 Increase 1.713 million
2008/09 Decrease 1.667 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.552 million
2010/11 Decrease 1.543 million
2011/12 Increase 1.599 million
2012/13 Increase 1.690 million
Key dates Opened 1842 (1842)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Harlow Town from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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A Network SouthEast Class 317 at Harlow Town in the mid 1990s

Harlow Town railway station serves the town of Harlow in Essex, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.


The station was opened in 1842 as Burnt Mill railway station, to serve the small village of the same name.

In 1959-60 the station was totally rebuilt to serve the post-war new town of Harlow, to designs by Paul Hamilton with John Bicknell and Ian Fraser of the British Railways (Eastern Region) architects department (chief architect: HH Powell). Described by Pevsner as "low, crisp and entirely ungimmicky", its architectural quality was recognised in 1996 when it was made a Grade II listed building. The listing entry states "the Eastern Region Architect's Department was the most creative branch of British Railways, designing a number of powerful modern stations in conjunction with the Region's electrification. The new station for Harlow New Town was the flagship of this achievement. It is a building with powerful spatial qualities, of especial interest particularly for its architectural design".[1]

On 13 July 1960, the station was renamed Harlow Town. Its status as a listed building has meant that alterations to conform with the DDA have had to be done sensitively to protect the original architectural conception.


All services at the station are operated by the rail company Abellio Greater Anglia (an international part of Nederlandse Spoorwegen), although some are branded as Stansted Express. All services use Class 317 and Class 379 electric multiple units.

Typical hourly off-peak service pattern:

(tph = trains per hour)

On Sundays, there is one fewer train per hour to Liverpool Street and one fewer train per hour to Stansted Airport.

Stansted Express services take 33 minutes to Liverpool Street, calling at Tottenham Hale only, and takes 21 minutes to Stansted Airport.

The station today[edit]

The station has four platforms. Platform 2 is for services towards London Liverpool Street and Stratford. Platform 3 is for services towards Stansted Airport and Cambridge. Platforms 1 and 4 are used less frequently for slow trains and as a Waiting loop for freight trains from the aggregate terminal a mile up the line, they are however used by a number of peak starting/terminating services to/from Liverpool Street or Stratford and by a few through trains northbound and southbound. Currently all platforms accommodate 12 car trains although the longest currently used on the line is 8 car.

In December 2009 ticket barriers were installed at the station, to help reduce penalty fare evasion from the station. The platforms can accommodate 12 car trains.[2][3]


A WAGN EMU travelling through Harlow Town station in 2001
  1. ^ http://unlockingessex.essexcc.gov.uk/
  2. ^ "Greater Anglia Route Utilisation Strategy". Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/SME/html/NRE_HWN/objectvalues/2178-0000044.html

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Roydon   Abellio Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Harlow Mill
Tottenham Hale   Abellio Greater Anglia
Stansted Express
  Bishops Stortford or
Stansted Airport or
Stansted Mountfitchet