Enfield Town railway station

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Enfield Town London Overground
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Enfield Town is located in Greater London
Enfield Town
Enfield Town
Location of Enfield Town in Greater London
Location Enfield
Local authority London Borough of Enfield
Grid reference TQ330965
Managed by London Overground
Station code ENF
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 1.565 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 1.604 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 1.825 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.973 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 49[2]
2015–16 Increase 2.107 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 479[2]
Key dates
1849 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°39′06″N 0°04′45″W / 51.6516°N 0.0792°W / 51.6516; -0.0792Coordinates: 51°39′06″N 0°04′45″W / 51.6516°N 0.0792°W / 51.6516; -0.0792
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Enfield Town is the northern terminus of a branch of the Lea Valley Lines, on the London Overground network. It is the most central of several stations in the London Borough of Enfield, north London. It is 10 miles 55 chains (17.2 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street, the southern terminus.

Its three-letter station code is ENF and it is in Travelcard zone 5. In 2015 the line and Enfield Town station were transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia operation to London Overground and added to the Tube map.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 March 1849 by the Eastern Counties Railways as Enfield. It was renamed Enfield Town on 1 April 1886.[3]

A house which had stood on the site since the late 17th century is said to have been the birthplace of Isaac D'Israeli, father of Benjamin Disraeli. It later became a school, at which John Keats was educated. It then became the original station-house before being demolished in 1872. The fine 17th-century brickwork facade, once attributed to Christopher Wren, was dismantled, and reconstructed at South Kensington Museum.[4][5]

The station in 1957

Its place was taken by a brick station building with an attached station-master's house and a walled forecourt. This in turn was replaced in 1957 by the present building by the British Railways architect H. H. Powell.[6] Ticket barriers were installed in 2012.

Operation of the station was transferred from National Express to Abellio Greater Anglia in 2012, and again in 2015 from Abellio Greater Anglia to London Overground.[7][8]

Stations in Enfield[edit]

Enfield town is also served by the Hertford Loop Line with a station at Enfield Chase on the opposite side of the town centre. The nearest station on the West Anglia Main Line is at Ponders End. Enfield Lock is another main line station in the north of the town, on the Tottenham Hale branch of the Lea Valley Lines.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to/from London Liverpool Street.[9] At peak times four trains per hour serve the station and there are additional trains on Tottenham Hotspur Football Club's matchdays, which do not call at all stations along the line.

Connections[edit]

The station is served by London Buses routes 121, 191, 192, 231, 307, 313, 317, 329, 377, 629, W8, W9 and W10, and also by night route N29.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  4. ^ Ford, Edward; Hodson, George H. (1873). A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex. Enfield. p. 206. 
  5. ^ "Architectural-facade". Victoria and Albert Museum. 
  6. ^ Connor, Jim (2004). Branch Lines to Enfield Town and Palace Gates. Middleton Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781904474326. 
  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
  9. ^ Table 21 National Rail timetable, May 2017

External links[edit]

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Enfield & Cheshunt Line
Enfield Town Branch
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