Letchworth Garden City railway station

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Letchworth Garden City National Rail
Letchworth Garden City
The entrance to the station
Location
Place Letchworth
Local authority North Hertfordshire
Grid reference TL217327
Operations
Station code LET
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.145 million
2005/06 Increase 1.187 million
2006/07 Increase 1.309 million
2007/08 Increase 1.365 million
2008/09 Increase 1.451 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.367 million
2010/11 Increase 1.447 million
2011/12 Increase 1.513 million
2012/13 Increase 1.569 million
History
1903 Opened (restricted service)
15 April 1905 Opened (full service)
18 May 1913 Station relocated
October 1937 Renamed Letchworth
11 June 1999 Renamed Letchworth Garden City
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Letchworth Garden City station serves the town of Letchworth in Hertfordshire, England. The station is on the Cambridge Line 34 miles 50 chains (55.7 km) north of London King's Cross,[1] and is a stop for services between King's Cross and Cambridge. Trains which serve the station are operated by Great Northern.

History[edit]

The first station known as Letchworth Garden City was opened in 1903, with a restricted service; it gained a full passenger service on 15 April 1905.[2] On 18 May 1913, this station was replaced by a new station on a different site.[2] The new station was built in 1912, in the Arts and Crafts style, and has since been Grade II listed.[3]

The station was originally intended to have two island platforms, giving a total of four platforms. However, since its opening only two platforms have been used. It was known from October 1937[2] as Letchworth, until it regained its current name on 11 June 1999 following a refurbishment scheme.[4]

The platforms were extended initially for 8 carriages, and further extended in December 2011 for 12 carriage trains.

Passenger lifts started being installed in two new towers in December 2013, with work expected to be completed in March 2014.[5]

To the north of the station are the sidings where trains starting or terminating at Letchworth are cleaned and stabled.

Ticket barriers are in operation.

The station was used as a filming location for the 2013 film The World's End; it was converted into a pub named "The Hole in the Wall".[6]

Services[edit]

Daily (including Sundays) there are two trains per hour towards Finsbury Park & London King's Cross and two per hour northbound towards Cambridge - one limited stop semi-fast service and one stopper serving all stations northbound and most major stations to Potters Bar southbound.[7]

There is also a Monday to Friday hourly service via Hertford North to London Moorgate, which in the evenings runs to London King's Cross instead of Moorgate. Certain weekday peak period and evening services beyond Cambridge to Ely & Kings Lynn also call, along with a few trains that start or terminate here or at Royston.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hitchin   Great Northern
Great Northern Semi-Fast
Great Northern Stopping
  Baldock
Great Northern
Great Northern Stopping
Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. 2: Eastern. Railway Track Diagrams (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 24C. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ "Planning Committee Refereal". July 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Vic (2006). Eastern Main Lines: Potters Bar to Cambridge. Midhurst: Middleton Press. p. 64. ISBN 1-904474-70-5. 
  5. ^ Lucas, Julie (25 October 2013). "Letchworth train station car park closed as work starts on lifts". The Comet. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.whtimes.co.uk/what-s-on/the_world_s_end_pub_crawl_locations_revealed_1_2289823.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 25

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Coordinates: 51°58′51″N 0°13′40″W / 51.980721°N 0.227677°W / 51.980721; -0.227677