Stevenage railway station
|365537 heading north though Stevenage railway station|
|Managed by||First Capital Connect|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Opened 23 July 1973|
|8 August 1850||Original station opened by GNR|
|22 July 1973||Station closed|
|23 July 1973||Relocated ½ mile south to present location and opened by BR|
|29 September 1973||Officially opened by Shirley Williams MP|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stevenage from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Stevenage railway station serves the town of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. The station is 27 miles 45 chains (44.36 km) north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line. Stevenage is managed and served by First Capital Connect. It is also served by East Coast and First Hull Trains.
The original Stevenage railway station was built in 1850 by the Great Northern Railway, despite the apparent hostility towards the railway being built there at that time due to the inevitable decline it would cause to local coach businesses, which all ended shortly after the station was opened. In 1946, Stevenage was the first community selected to become a 'New Town' as part of the governments New Towns Act, which resulted in a new town centre. In 1973, the railway station was relocated a mile south, within a short walking distance of the new town centre.
The station has two separate ticket offices - East Coast and First Capital Connect - though in practice each will sell each other's tickets. There are also seven ticket machines. There are toilets at street level (but not on the platforms) and restricted lift access from the station to both the station's platforms.
The station also has automatic ticket barriers, which were installed by First Capital Connect shortly after taking over the route, as a revenue protection exercise and to improve security at the station. There is a snack bar, coffee bar, and a dry-cleaner's at street level and two coffee bars at platform level, with one per platform. The newsagent previously at street level closed in January 2013, but re-opened temporarily in March 2013, pending a redevelopment of the station. FCC plan to refurbish the station completely, introducing passenger lifts between platform and street level.
Both platform have indoor waiting rooms that were refurbished in May 2012 as part of a wider scheme by First Capital Connect to refurbish and add waiting rooms across the Great Northern Route, and there is also outdoor seating along the length of the platforms.
The station is a short walk on a walkway from Stevenage Bus Station, and is opposite a leisure complex that includes the Gordon Craig Theatre.
First Capital Connect services
Most of the trains serving Stevenage station are operated by First Capital Connect, lying on its Great Northern Route from London King's Cross to Peterborough and Cambridge. It is also served by trains between London and Letchworth via Hertford North; these trains use Moorgate station in London on weekdays (except late evenings) and King's Cross at other times.
Timetables for First Capital Connect services that serve the station can be found here.
East Coast services
|East Coast Route|
Stevenage is also served by some of East Coast's trains on the East Coast Main Line. Typically, these are trains between London King's Cross and Leeds or Newcastle, but there are also services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The East Coast timetables that include Stevenage services can be found here.
First Hull Trains services
|First Hull Trains Route|
^ Pick up northbound,set down southbound
First Hull Trains offer a limited service of 2 trains per weekday northbound and 3 trains per weekday southbound, except on bank holidays, when there are only two southbound and one northbound. There are four southbound services on Saturdays and Sundays, although they are "set-down" only, and there are four northbound services on a Saturday, and five on a Sunday, which are all "Pick-Up" only. These services run between King's Cross and Hull.
Timetables for First Hull Trains services can be found here.
Bus services are available at or near the station to various parts of the town and to nearby Hertford, Ware, Luton, Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and London.
Buses SB1, SB2, SB3, SB7, SB8, SB9, SB15, SB16, SB40, SB50, 10, 55, 80, 100, 101, 102, 301, 384, 390, 391, 625, 635, and Green Line coach 797 all stop at the station, and the 777 National Express coach to Birmingham or Stansted will stop if previously requested. The station is only a short walk from the town's main bus station, which is served by a number of other bus services.
Ticket Office Opening Times & Station Staffing Hours
|First Capital Connect Ticket Office Hours|
|Monday to Thursday||06:15||20:30|
|Station Staffing Hours|
|Monday to Sunday||24 Hours|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Knebworth||First Capital Connect
East Coast Main Line
|Watton-at-Stone||First Capital Connect
Hertford Loop Line
|London King's Cross||East Coast
East Coast Main Line
|London King's Cross||First Hull Trains
East Coast Main Line
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- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 219. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.