Harlington railway station
The front of the main station building
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|Number of platforms||4|
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It was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St. Pancras. The original intention had been to call it "Harlington for Toddington". The station buildings still exist and were carefully restored in the early 1980s. The station is situated on the Midland Main Line and managed by Thameslink.
The typical off-peak service from this station is:
- 4 tph to Bedford
- 2 tph to Brighton via Leagrave, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, London, Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges
- 2 tph to Three Bridges via Leagrave, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, London and Gatwick Airport
- East Midlands Trains InterCity services from Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with InterCity services can be made at Luton and Bedford.
Harlington station has the following facilities:
- Shelters on each platform
- 1 telephone
- 1 Ticket Machine
- Cycle storage for 44 bikes
- Car park with 127 spaces
Ticket Office opening hours
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The ticket office is open for just over 7½ hours per day Mondays to Friday and 6 hours per day on Saturday.
In January 2009, the previous franchisee First Capital Connect proposed that the ticket office at Harlington railway station would open for just four hours per day. The proposals were for the office to open at 0645 (previously 0600) and close at 1030 (currently 1850) on weekdays. There would be no weekend opening under theses proposals. The single automated ticket machine, which was stolen in summer 2008, was replaced the same week that the proposals were announced. Subsequently, whilst a reduction in hours was agreed, although not to the degree set out in the initial proposal (see above).
- Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
- "Timetables : Thameslink and Great Northern". www.thameslinkrailway.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- "Station information : Thameslink and Great Northern". www.thameslinkrailway.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- Bedfordshire On Sunday article, published 10 January 2009
- LutonToday.co.uk article, published 12 January 2009
- Harlington ticket machine stolen
Thameslink train from Bedford to Brighton arriving at Platform 1.
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