Hatfield railway station

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Hatfield National Rail
The entrance at Hatfield station
Place Hatfield
Local authority Borough of Welwyn Hatfield
Grid reference TL232087
Station code HAT
Managed by Great Northern
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   1.130 million
2004/05 Increase 1.407 million
2005/06 Increase 1.430 million
2006/07 Increase 1.642 million
2007/08 Increase 1.768 million
2008/09 Increase 1.905 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.837 million
2010/11 Increase 1.928 million
2011/12 Increase 2.094 million
2012/13 Increase 2.095 million
Original company Great Northern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
7 August 1850 (1850-08-07) Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hatfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hatfield railway station serves the town of Hatfield in Hertfordshire, England. The station is managed by Great Northern. It is located approximately 18 miles (29 km) north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line.


Hatfield was the junction for a now-closed branch line to Dunstable Town. It was also the junction of a second railway that ran to St Albans Abbey. The former was closed in 1965 under the Beeching Axe, and the latter succumbed some 14 years earlier (in 1951) as part of postwar economies brought in by the British Transport Commission. The route of the St Albans Abbey line is now a public footpath, the Alban Way, while the closure of the Dunstable Town line has left Dunstable as one of the largest towns in England without a direct rail connection.


Hatfield has basic waiting rooms on both platforms, with extra shelters provided further along the platforms too, as well as a canopy on Platform 1. In front of the station entrance and on platform 1 is a small café-shop style business, "Chuggs". There are three platform faces in total - platform 1 is a side platform facing the Up Slow line & used by London-bound trains (there is no platform on the Up Fast line), whilst platforms 2 & 3 face the Down Fast and Down Slow lies respectively; the latter is used by the majority of northbound trains.

The station has a "Fast-Ticket" machine, as well as a standard touchscreen machine on either side of the building. Hatfield also has many vending machines throughout the station and a photo booth inside the entrance, which also contains toilets for both genders and a separate disabled toilet. Ticket barriers are in operation.


During the daytime there is generally a half-hourly fast service to London Kings Cross southbound and also every 20 minutes a stopping service to Moorgate Monday to Fridays and half-hourly on weekends to Kings Cross.

Northbound there is a half-hourly service to Stevenage and Hitchin, with trains continuing to Cambridge and Peterborough every alternate half hour, giving an hourly service to each. There is also a stopping service to Welwyn Garden City on the same pattern as that to Moorgate (every 20 minutes weekdays, half-hourly evenings & weekends).[1]


Three fatal rail crashes have occurred near Hatfield:

  • December 1870 accident, when a disintegrated wheel resulted in the deaths of six passengers and two bystanders.
  • Two accidents occurred on 26 January 1939. In the first, an empty fish train was involved in a rear-end collision with a passenger train. The second involved a passenger train which ran into the rear of another. Two people were killed and seven were injured.[2]
  • October 2000 accident, when a GNER InterCity 225 train de-railed, killing four people and injuring 70.

Ticket Office Opening Times & Station Staffing Hours[edit]

Below are the current opening and staffing times for Hatfield, as of 2010.[3]

Ticket Office Hours
Day Opens Closes
Monday to Saturday 06:20 20:00
Sunday 08:20 19:30
Station Staffing Hours
Day From Until
Monday to Saturday 06:00 20:20
Sunday 08:00 19:50


Hatfield Station is to be redeveloped to include a new bus interchange and taxi rank, multi-storey car park, new ticket office, retail units and step-free access to all platforms.[4]

Work on the project, which is to cost £9 million,[5] will begin in 2013 and be completed by the end of that year.


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Potters Bar   Great Northern
Great Northern semi-fast
  Welwyn Garden City
Welham Green Great Northern
Great Northern stopping
Disused railways
Line and station closed
London and North Eastern Railway Terminus



  1. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/plan-your-journey/timetables/HAT/
  2. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1980). Trains in Trouble. Vol. 1. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 41. ISBN 0-906899-01-X. 
  3. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=StationInfo&crs_code=HAT
  4. ^ "Better stations - Hatfield". First Capital Connect. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Logan, Ross (10 October 2012). "£9m Hatfield rail station refurbishment approved". Welwyn Hatfield Times. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°45′50″N 0°12′58″W / 51.764°N 0.216°W / 51.764; -0.216