Stevenage railway station

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Stevenage National Rail
Stevenage
365537 heading north though Stevenage railway station on platform 2
Location
Place Stevenage
Local authority Stevenage
Grid reference TL234241
Operations
Station code SVG
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  3.267 million
2004/05 Increase 3.495 million
2005/06 Increase 3.539 million
2006/07 Increase 3.968 million
2007/08 Increase 4.206 million
2008/09 Increase 4.258 million
2009/10 Decrease 4.093 million
2010/11 Increase 4.223 million
2011/12 Increase 4.272 million
2012/13 Increase 4.339 million
History
Key dates Opened 23 July 1973 (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
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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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Remains of old station

Stevenage railway station serves the town of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. The station is 27 miles 45 chains (44.4 km) north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line.[1] Stevenage is managed and served by Great Northern. It is also served by East Coast and First Hull Trains.

The present station was opened on 26 July 1973[2] by Shirley Williams,[3] then MP for Stevenage, replacing the previous station, which was 73 chains (1,500 m) to the north,[1] and further away from the centre of the new town.

History[edit]

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,[4] which all ended shortly after the station was opened. In 1946, Stevenage was one of the first communities 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 walking distance (220 yd, 200 m) of the new town centre.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The station has two separate ticket offices (East Coast and Great Northern), but in practice, each 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.

Stevenage Railway Station

The station also has automatic ticket barriers, which were installed by First Capital Connect shortly after it took over the route, as a revenue protection exercise and to improve security at the station. There is a snack bar, at street level, and two coffee bars at platform level, with one per platform. The newsagent previously at street level closed in March 2014, pending the redevelopment of the station.

Since December 2013, First Capital Connect started refurbishing the station completely, introducing passenger lifts between platform and street level, and refurbishing the concourse area plus retail units. The works were due to be completed by April 2014, but have been delayed.

Both island platforms 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.

Services[edit]

Great Northern services[edit]

Most of the trains serving Stevenage station are operated by Thameslink and Great Northern, 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.[6] FCC services mainly use the outer faces of each island platform - platform 1 for Kings Cross and Moorgate and platform 4 for Letchworth, Cambridge and Peterborough. During weekday rush hours & at weekends, Hertford North trains also terminate & start from platform 4.

East Coast services[edit]

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 Newark North Gate/York, but there are also services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.[7] These use platform 2 southbound and platform 3 northbound.

First Hull Trains services[edit]

First Hull Trains offer a very limited service only calling at Stevenage on Sundays, 1 train northbound and 2 trains southbound. These services run between King's Cross and Hull.[8]

Bus Services[edit]

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[edit]

Below are the current opening and staffing times for Stevenage, as of 2010.[9]

Great Northern Ticket Office Hours
Day Opens Closes
Monday to Thursday 06:15 20:30
Friday 06:15 21:45
Saturday 06:30 21:30
Sunday 08:00 20:15

There is presently also an East Coast Trains booking office adjacent to the FCC ticket area - this usually operates from the morning rush until the late afternoon.

Station Staffing Hours
Day Times
Monday to Sunday 24 Hours

Routes[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Knebworth   Great Northern
East Coast Main Line
  Hitchin
Watton-at-Stone Great Northern
Hertford Loop Line
London King's Cross   East Coast
East Coast Main Line
  Peterborough
London King's Cross   First Hull Trains
East Coast Main Line
  Grantham

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 15B. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 219. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ A brass plaque in the upstairs walkway/bridge commemorates this.
  4. ^ http://www.wordoxers.com/hos/main7.htm
  5. ^ http://www.localhistories.org/stevenage.html
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Tables 24 & 25
  7. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 26/
  8. ^ http://hulltrains.co.uk/timetable.php
  9. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=StationInfo&crs_code=SVG

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°54′07″N 0°12′25″W / 51.902°N 0.207°W / 51.902; -0.207