Cheshunt railway station

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Cheshunt National Rail London Overground
Cheshunt station 2008.jpg
The station in January 2008, after rebuilding works completed 2006
Cheshunt is located in Hertfordshire
Location of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
Location Cheshunt
Local authority Borough of Broxbourne
Grid reference TL366022
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Owner Network Rail
Station code CHN
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 8
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05  1.409 million[1]
2005–06 Decrease 1.408 million[1]
2006–07 Increase 1.533 million[1]
2007–08 Increase 1.692 million[1]
2008–09 Increase 1.707 million[1]
2009–10 Decrease 1.555 million[1]
2010–11 Increase 1.590 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.716 million[1]
— interchange 0.147 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.915 million[1]
— interchange Increase 0.182 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.022 million[1]
— interchange Increase 0.237 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Northern and Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
31 May 1846 Original station opened
1 October 1891 Station resited
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°42′11″N 0°01′26″W / 51.703°N 0.024°W / 51.703; -0.024

Cheshunt railway station serves the town of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, England. It is on the West Anglia Main Line and the Lea Valley Lines, and train services are provided by Abellio Greater Anglia & London Overground.

Former franchise holder National Express East Anglia fulfilled a franchise commitment to extend the bay platform at Cheshunt to accommodate 8-coach trains (previously it could only accommodate up to 6 coaches). The works also involved replacing all existing station buildings, and replacing the station footbridge. Construction commenced in December 2005 and was largely complete by August 2006.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Cheshunt station (along with Waltham Cross, the next southbound station) was the main access point for the Broxbourne whitewater canoe and kayak slalom.

An Oyster Card extension to Cheshunt station from Enfield Lock railway station/Turkey Street railway station is in force from 2 January 2013, with the station in Travelcard zone 8.[2] This also means Waltham Cross railway station and Theobalds Grove railway station are also included in the extension and will allow passengers travelling to Central London to be able to use Oyster, rather than paper tickets to travel.


The railway line from Stratford to Broxbourne was opened by the Northern & Eastern Railway on 15 September 1840. Cheshunt station itself was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1846.[3]

The lines from Hackney Downs to Bishop's Stortford and Hertford East, including those through Cheshunt station, were electrified on 21 November 1960. The lines south from Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale were not electrified until 5 May 1969.[4]

The station in January 2006, just after the start of renovation work (now complete).

A railway existed in Cheshunt before the station and the main line from London were originally opened in the 1840s. The horse-drawn Cheshunt Railway was opened on 26 June 1825. Based on a design by Henry Robinson Palmer, this line ran for 0.75 mi (1.21 km) from the town's High Street to the River Lea, near where Cheshunt station is today. This long-defunct railway is of interest as it was the world's first passenger-carrying monorail and the first railway line to open in Hertfordshire.[5][6]

Ticket barriers were installed in 2011. The through platforms (platforms 1 and 2) were extended to accommodate 12-coach trains in December 2011, though initially no 12-coach trains were scheduled to call.

The Liverpool Street-Cheshunt via Seven Sisters service is run by London Overground, after a change from Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2015. [7][8] All other services remain under Abellio, who also retain responsibility for the station management.


The typical off-peak service is:

The Liverpool Street service via Seven Sisters is run by London Overground. All other services are run by Abellio Greater Anglia.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Transport for London. "National Rail | Transport for London". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  3. ^ Brown, Joe, London Railway Atlas, page 5, Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
  4. ^ White, H.P., A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 3 Greater London, David & Charles, 1987
  5. ^ Finchley Society (1997-06-26). "Finchley Society Annual General Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  6. ^ Today in Science History. "June 25 - Today in Science History". Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  7. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  8. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014

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