Huntingdon railway station

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This article is about the station in England. For the station in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, see Huntingdon (Amtrak station). For the station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, see Huntingdon (SEPTA station).
Huntingdon National Rail
Huntingdon
Location
Place Huntingdon
Local authority Huntingdonshire
Coordinates 52°19′44″N 0°11′31″W / 52.329°N 0.192°W / 52.329; -0.192Coordinates: 52°19′44″N 0°11′31″W / 52.329°N 0.192°W / 52.329; -0.192
Grid reference TL232715
Operations
Station code HUN
Managed by Thameslink and Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   1.277 million
2004/05 Increase 1.360 million
2005/06 Increase 1.373 million
2006/07 Increase 1.448 million
2007/08 Increase 1.564 million
2008/09 Increase 1.593 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.542 million
2010/11 Increase 1.630 million
2011/12 Increase 1.673 million
2012/13 Increase 1.685 million
History
7 August 1850 Station opens as Huntingdon
1 July 1923 Station renamed Huntingdon North
15 June 1964 Station renamed Huntingdon
1976 Station rebuild began
11 May 1987 First Electric service from rebuilt station
2005 Station building subject to partial rebuild
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Huntingdon from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Huntingdon Railway Station serves the town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, England. The station is on the East Coast Main Line and has three platforms; one bay and two through platforms. Huntingdon is managed and served by Thameslink and Great Northern, with East Coast services often calling during engineering works and periods of disruption. But other than that, East Coast services do not call here.

History[edit]

A 1914 Railway Clearing House map showing (upper centre) railways in the vicinity of Huntingdon (shown here as G.N. STA.)
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

When originally opened by the Great Northern Railway on 7 August 1850, the station was just named Huntingdon, however, from 1 July 1923 until 15 June 1965 the station was known as Huntingdon North to distinguish it from the nearby Huntingdon East on the line between Cambridge and Kettering via St Ives.[1] The latter closed to passenger traffic in June 1959, along with the line.

From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s the station was slowly rebuilt, going from a station with one platform connected to the ticket office and an island platform to an electrified station with the main platform, a bay platform as well as a separate platform for the slow line. The reason for this was that pre-1976, only three tracks went through the station causing a major bottleneck in the area.

The station was subject to an arson attack in 2005, and much of the station roof had to be rebuilt, as well as the booking hall.

Facilities[edit]

Huntingdon is staffed for most of the day. Automatic ticket barriers have been installed, as part of a wider programme by the now defunct First Capital Connect to place them across large parts of the network as a revenue protection exercise and to help increase security. The station has 3 touch screen ticket machines.

There are male and female toilet facilities at the station, as well as shelters on all platforms. The station has a combined newsagent and buffet on the London bound platform, and a vending machine on the Peterborough bound platform.

There is a taxi rank situated directly outside the entrance to the London bound platforms. A considerable amount of parking is provided - there are large car parks adjacent to both platforms.

Services[edit]

Huntingdon 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. Journey times range from around 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes on these services.

There are also extra services during the peak that run fast and direct to/from Kings Cross calling at St. Neots, as well as some that additionally call at Biggleswade or Stevenage, then are fast to Kings Cross, and these services usually take around 40–45 minutes to Kings Cross. Also additional peak services to/from London start/terminate here.[2]

First Capital Connect Timetables for Huntingdon can be seen and downloaded here.

During times of engineering work in the Hitchin area, Huntingdon often operates as the terminus for East Coast services from Scotland and the north-east of England, which are normally destined for Kings Cross. A rail replacement service usually runs from Huntingdon to Biggleswade/Stevenage to connect with services to/from London Kings Cross. Huntingdon is also used as a stop for East Coast services if Peterborough cannot be used.

Transport links[edit]

A bus service is provided to and from Godmanchester (Bus 476 - 5 times daily), Hartford and St Ives (Bus 55 - normally every 20 minutes), from a stop directly adjacent to the station. More buses are available from a stop on the main road (George Street) nearby - buses 65/66 to and from St Neots and St Ives via Hinchingbrooke Hospital/Brampton, and Houghton/Wyton respectively; Bus 30 to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Warboys and Ramsey; 35 to Wyton, Chatteris, Doddington and March.

Gallery[edit]

Route[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Great Northern Peterborough Line
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Northern Railway
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Mott, Allan (2003). Hitchin to Peterborough. Midhurst: Middleton Press. volume I, pic. 64,65. ISBN 1-904474-07-1. 
  2. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=Timetables&crs_code=HUN

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