Kentish Town station

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Kentish Town
London Underground National Rail
Kentish Town stn building.JPG
Kentish Town is located in Greater London
Kentish Town
Kentish Town
Location of Kentish Town in Greater London
Location Kentish Town
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by London Underground
Station code KTN
Number of platforms 4 (6 total)
Fare zone 2
OSI Kentish Town West [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 7.44 million[2]
2011 Decrease 7.21 million[3]
2012 Increase 7.58 million[3]
2013 Decrease 6.45 million[3]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 Increase 1.137 million[4]
2010–11 Increase 1.377 million[4]
2011–12 Increase 1.506 million[4]
2012–13 Increase 1.695 million[4]
Key dates
1868 Opened (Midland)
1907 Opened (CCE&HR)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°33′01″N 0°08′26″W / 51.5504°N 0.1406°W / 51.5504; -0.1406

Kentish Town station is a London Underground and National Rail station in Kentish Town in the London Borough of Camden. It is at the junction of Kentish Town Road (A400) and Leighton Road. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

The station is served by the High Barnet branch of the London Underground Northern line, and by First Capital Connect Thameslink trains on the National Rail Midland Main Line. It is between Camden Town and Tufnell Park on the Northern line and between West Hampstead and St. Pancras International stations on the main line.

It is the only station on the High Barnet branch with a direct interchange with a National Rail line, additionally an Out of Station Interchange (OSI) with Kentish Town West on the North London Line is permitted.

There are four National Rail surface platforms and two London Underground underground platforms. National Rail trains are operated by First Capital Connect and Southeastern, with northbound trains running to Luton and southbound to Sutton, Orpington and Sevenoaks, via London St. Pancras and Blackfriars. East Midlands Trains express services from Nottingham, Sheffield and Leicester pass through but do not stop.

Ticket barriers control access to both London Underground and National Rail platforms.

History[edit]

The entrance on Kentish Town Road in 1955

The first station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1868 on the extension to its new London terminal at St Pancras. Prior to that, Midland Railway trains used the London and North Western Railway lines to Euston or the Great Northern Railway lines to King's Cross. Until the St. Pancras extension was complete, and for some time afterwards, some trains exchanged the locomotive at Kentish Town for one fitted with condensing apparatus and continued to Moorgate station, then named Moorgate Street station. For some years trains ran from Kentish Town to Victoria station on the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

The second largest motive power depot and repair facility on the Midland Rail was north of the station.[5] In 1861 a collision occurred at a siding near the station in which sixteen people were killed and 317 were injured.

From May 1878 to September 1880 the MR Super Outer Circle service ran through the station, from St. Pancras to Earl's Court Underground station via Cricklewood and South Acton.[6] The main line station was rebuilt in 1983, nothing of the original station building remains. The separate London Underground station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR), a precursor of the Northern line.[7] The station was designed by Leslie Green with the ox-blood red glazed terracotta facade and the semi-circular windows at first floor level common to most of the original stations on the CCE&HR and its two associated railways, the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway and Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway which opened the previous year. When Kentish Town station opened the next CCE&HR station south was South Kentish Town but that station closed in 1924 due to low usage.[8] Gospel Oak station on the North London Line opened in 1860 as "Kentish Town" but was given its present name in 1867 when the North London Railway opened Kentish Town West. It was the junction of services to Barking until 1981 when services were diverted to terminate and start from Gospel Oak. The spur line to Junction Road Junction was then closed, the track was removed and the trackbed has been sold for industrial use.

In popular culture[edit]

The station's northbound Northern line platform.
National Rail platforms at Kentish Town station.

The 1980 TV Rumpole of the Bailey special, Rumpole's Return, used the Underground station for a scene with a fatal stabbing on the northbound platform.

Development[edit]

The Victorian Super Outer Circle route, passing through Kentish Town station

Trains from south of the River Thames on the extended Thameslink network may call at the station from 2018.[9]

After the bay platforms at Blackfriars station closed in March 2009, Southeastern services which previously terminated at Blackfriars were extended to Kentish Town (off-peak), or St Albans, Luton or Bedford (peak hours).[10]

A major upgrading of the whole Thameslink line infrastructure is underway, for expected completion by 2018. However, the four platforms at Kentish Town station are not being extended from 8 to 12 carriages because of road bridges at each end which cannot be relocated,[11] so only services that continue to be served by 8-car trains will be able to call there. The only other Thameslink stations north of the River Thames remaining with 8-car platform lengths will be Hendon and Cricklewood, which are sited either side of a possible new Thameslink station at Brent Cross.

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 134, 214, 393, C2 and Night Route N20 serve the station.

Service patterns[edit]

First Capital Connect unit 319372 calls with a southbound Thameslink service. All services are provided by FCC, most using dual voltage Class 319 stock. East Midlands Trains services pass through the station on the adjacent Midland Main Line into London St Pancras.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
Bedford/Luton/St Albans-Sevenoaks (peak trains)
First Capital Connect
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Northern line
towards Morden or Kennington
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Midland Railway
Line open, station closed
Terminus Great Eastern Railway
Tottenham & Hampstead Junction Railway
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  5. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  6. ^ "Circle Line, History". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  7. ^ Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  8. ^ Connor, J.E. (1999). "South Kentish Town". London's Disused Underground Stations. Capital Transport. p. 22. ISBN 1-85414-250-X. 
  9. ^ "Thameslink Programme - FAQ". Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Train times 22 March - 16 May 2009 Thameslink route". First Capital Connect. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  11. ^ [1]

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