St Albans City railway station

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St Albans National Rail
St Albans
Exterior of the main building on Station Way
Place St Albans
Local authority City and District of St Albans
Coordinates 51°45′01″N 0°19′39″W / 51.7504°N 0.3274°W / 51.7504; -0.3274Coordinates: 51°45′01″N 0°19′39″W / 51.7504°N 0.3274°W / 51.7504; -0.3274
Grid reference TL155070
Station code SAC
Managed by First Capital Connect
Number of platforms 4
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 5.340 million
2005/06 Increase 5.635 million
2006/07 Increase 6.041 million
2007/08 Increase 6.338 million
2008/09 Decrease 6.274 million
2009/10 Decrease 5.987 million
2010/11 Increase 6.263 million
2011/12 Increase 6.509 million
2012/13 Increase 6.888 million
Key dates Opened 1 October 1868 (1 October 1868)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Albans from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View northward with an Up express in 1958
Railways around St. Albans
 Midland Main Line 
St Albans City
St Albans Abbey
St Albans London Road
Park Street
 Abbey Line 
Sanders Siding
Salvation Army Halt
Hertfordshire County
Mental Hospital
Hill End
 Hatfield to St Albans Line 
 Midland Main Line 

St Albans City railway station, also shortened to St Albans, is one of two railway stations in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, the other being St Albans Abbey railway station. City station is the more important of the two stations, as it serves London, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport and Brighton. It is located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the city centre, on the Midland Main Line and served by First Capital Connect on the Thameslink service.

The station was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St Pancras. Formerly, St Albans was famous for producing watercress which was sent in 56-pound (25 kg) lots to London and Manchester.

The other station, St Albans Abbey, was built by the London and North Western Railway in 1858. There was originally a further station called London Road, built by the Hatfield and St Albans Railway in 1863 to connect with the Great Northern Railway.[1]


The station has four platforms, two for each direction: one "fast" and one "slow". The main entrance, ticket office, multi-storey car park, taxi rank and bus connections are on Station Way, east of the station. There is a second exit to the west, to a small surface car park off Ridgmont Road and Victoria Street, located at the original entrance to the station. Somewhat controversially, a larger surface car park to the east of the railway lines gained planning permission in 2003, in connection with a large residential development. [1]

There are ticket barriers at both entrances.

The station has a PlusBus scheme where combined train and bus tickets can be bought at a reduced price.

There is also a WH Smith, a Pumpkin food stall and an AMT coffee stand. Just outside the station there is a flower stall. There are also several metro newspaper containers in the main station building.

St Albans South signal box has been restored at the station and has been opened as a visitor attraction by the St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust.[2]


In the southbound direction, principal stations served include London St Pancras, London Bridge, Sevenoaks, Wimbledon, Sutton, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath and Brighton. In the northbound direction, principal stations served include Luton and Bedford.

Post Thameslink Programme[edit]

After the Thameslink Programme is finished in 2018, the indicated service pattern is as follows:

  • Off Peak:
    • 4tph Bedford - Brighton semi-fast 12-car
    • 2tph St Albans - Caterham slow 8-car
    • 2tph St Albans - Bellingham slow 8-car
    • 2tph Luton - Sevenoaks slow 8-car
  • Peak (in addition to above):
    • Bedford - East Grinstead semi-fast 12-car
    • Bedford - Tunbridge Wells semi-fast 12-car
    • Luton - Ashford International semi-fast 12-car

Service patterns[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect
Sutton Loop
First Capital Connect



  1. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
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  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 

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