West Hampstead railway station

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West Hampstead
London Overground
West Hampstead railway station 2.jpg
West Hampstead is located in Greater London
West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Location of West Hampstead in Greater London
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code WHD
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI West Hampstead [1]
West Hampstead Thameslink
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 0.690 million[2]
2005–06 Decrease 0.680 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 1.897 million[2]
2007–08 Decrease 1.108 million[2]
2008–09 Increase 1.500 million[2]
— interchange 0.129 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 1.315 million[2]
— interchange Increase 0.132 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 1.897 million[2]
— interchange Increase 0.138 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 2.881 million[2]
— interchange Increase 0.263 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 3.674 million[2]
— interchange Increase 0.362 million[2]
Key dates
1888 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°32′50″N 0°11′30″W / 51.5473°N 0.1918°W / 51.5473; -0.1918

West Hampstead is a National Rail station on the North London Line between Brondesbury and Finchley Road & Frognal. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

The station and all trains are operated by London Overground.

History[edit]

The station originally opened in 1888 and was called West End Lane until its name was changed in 1975.[3] Rail services were operated by the North London Railway until British Rail took control of operations. The station later became part of the Network SouthEast system.

Following the privatisation of British Rail, the station was operated by the Silverlink train franchise from 1997 until 2007, when operations passed to Transport for London's London Overground system.

Anglia Railways used to run a regional rail service that called here, between Norwich and Basingstoke. This service known as London Crosslink, was discontinued in Autumn 2002 due to congestion on the North London Line and the financial return being less than that forecast.[citation needed]

The station received a major refurbishment towards the end of 2007, to coincide with the London Overground takeover. The ticket office has a new layout including automatic ticket gates and machines and the station is now staffed throughout traffic hours (as are all London Overground stations).

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 February 1937, an express freight train was deraileed near the station.[4]

Interchanges[edit]

Stations in West Hampstead
Very generally: South - North
Chiltern Main Line to Birmingham
Jubilee and Metropolitan lines
Thameslink and Midland Main Line
North London Line to Richmond
London Overground Overground and National Rail TLK stations
West Hampstead(on West End Lane}
Jubilee roundel1.PNG Underground
Jubilee roundel1.PNGMetropolitan roundel1.PNG Finchley Road London Overground OSI
Finchley Road (MR) (1868-1927)
London Overground Finchley Road & Frognal Jubilee roundel1.PNG Metropolitan roundel1.PNG OSI
North London Line to Stratford
To St Pancras
LU to Baker Street
Chiltern Main Line to Marylebone
 OSI = Interchange is allowed
 between these two stations

The station is situated within close walking distance of two nearby stations:

Development[edit]

The arrangement of three separate stations (Thameslink, Overground and Jubilee Line) means that passengers wishing to change lines must walk along or cross West End Lane, a busy main road. A West Hampstead interchange proposal was put forward in 2004 by Chiltern Railways which would link the three West Hampstead stations with subterranean walkways. New platforms would be built for the Chiltern Main Line, and possibly also for the Metropolitan line, and the Thameslink and London Overground (formerly Silverlink) stations would be relocated on the east side of West End Lane.[5] The redevelopment would involve demolishing existing buildings and the redevelopment of West End Lane as "a tree-lined boulevard".[6][7] The plans were put on hold in 2007 due to uncertainty over the North London Line rail franchise.[8] This has now been shelved with Network Rail instead redeveloping the Thameslink station by installing a second footbridge with lift access leading to a new station building on Iverson Road.[9]

In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published a plan[10] for an off-road, mainly orbital North and West London Light railway, sharing the orbital Dudding Hill Line freight corridor, and taking over at least one of the two Midland Railway freight lines which run through the neighbouring West Hampstead Thameslink station.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 139; 328 and C11 serve the station.

Services[edit]

The normal off-peak service in trains per hour is:

Preceding station   Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
towards Richmond
North London Line
towards Stratford
  West Hampstead interchange  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
Transfer at: West Hampstead
towards Stratford
National Rail National Rail
St Pancras International
or
Kentish Town
  First Capital Connect
Thameslink
Transfer at: West Hampstead Thameslink
  St Albans City
or
Cricklewood
Historical railways
  Former Service  
Brentford
towards Basingstoke
  Anglia Railways
London Crosslink
  Camden Road or
Highbury & Islington
towards Norwich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Joe Brown (2006). London Railway Atlas. Ian Allan Publishing. 
  4. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1980). Trains in Trouble. Vol. 1. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 40. ISBN 0-906899-01-X. 
  5. ^ "Planning Framework for West Hampstead Interchange Area Appendix 2". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. p. 25. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange". AlwaysTouchOut.com. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  7. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange Draft Planning Framework". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Station interchange plans put on hold". Camden New Journal. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  9. ^ http://www.nce.co.uk/major-projects/thameslink-upgrade/thameslink-station-redevelopment-gets-go-ahead/5212259.article
  10. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan
  11. ^ North London Line timetable from 22 May 2011.