Hatch End railway station

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Hatch End London Overground
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Hatch End is located in Greater London
Hatch End
Hatch End
Location of Hatch End in Greater London
Location Hatch End
Local authority London Borough of Harrow
Grid reference TQ130913
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code HTE
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes(Northbound only)[1]
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 0.748 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.853 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 0.963 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 1.101 million[2]
2015–16 Decrease 0.707 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company London and Birmingham Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1842 or c. 1844 Opened as Pinner
1 January 1897 Renamed Pinner & Hatch End
16 April 1917 Bakerloo line service introduced
1 February 1920 Renamed Hatch End (For Pinner)
11 June 1956 Renamed Hatch End
1963 Main Lines Platforms Closed
24 September 1982 Bakerloo line service withdrawn[3]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°36′34″N 0°22′05″W / 51.6095°N 0.3681°W / 51.6095; -0.3681Coordinates: 51°36′34″N 0°22′05″W / 51.6095°N 0.3681°W / 51.6095; -0.3681
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Hatch End is a railway station in the London Borough of Harrow, in north London, and in Travelcard Zone 6. London Underground's Bakerloo line trains served the station from 16 April 1917 until 24 September 1982. London Overground services on the Watford DC Line from London Euston currently serve this station.


The original station opened as Pinner on the London and Birmingham Railway, either in 1842[4] or c. 1844.[5] It was renamed Pinner and Hatch End on 1 January 1897.[5] The present station was built in 1911 to a design by architect Gerald Horsley, son of the painter John Calcott Horsley.[6] The station was served by the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway (Bakerloo) from 16 April 1917, when Bakerloo services were extended from Willesden Junction to Watford Junction.[7] The station was again renamed Hatch End (for Pinner) on 1 February 1920,[7][8] and finally Hatch End on 11 June 1956.[7][9] Bakerloo line services were withdrawn on 24 September 1982.[7]

Unusually, the station is only leased rather than owned by Network Rail.[10]

It has two platforms. The northbound (down) platform is on the side of the ticket office and cafe. The southbound (up) platform is reached via a footbridge. This platform was originally an island platform with the other face on the adjacent down fast main line. There was another island platform serving the up fast and down semi-fast lines and a further platform for the up semi-fasts. These other platforms were closed in 1963.[11] A general rebuilding of the access to the two remaining platforms in use was built in the 1980s and a fence built along to shield waiting passengers from the fast trains. Ticket barriers were installed in early 2010.


Hatch End station is on the West Coast Main Line but served only by 'all stations' trains on the Watford DC Line, with three trains per hour operated by London Overground to London Euston (southbound) and Watford Junction (northbound). This is the standard service, seven days a week, except for early morning and late at night. The typical journey time to Euston is 38 minutes and to Watford Junction 11 minutes.[12]

Connections are available at Harrow & Wealdstone for a London Midland fast service to London Euston or the Southern service to East Croydon, or the Bakerloo line calling all stations to Elephant & Castle. Figures show that many change at Harrow and Wealdstone for the Southern train to alight at West Brompton or Kensington Olympia for the District line for central London. Also, those who have changed onto the Southern Train have the option for other Southern services and South West Trains at Clapham Junction.

The station was previously served by the Bakerloo line of the London Underground.

In 2007, the station added to its facilities a cafe selling various beverages, snacks and newspapers; this on the northbound platform. The ticket office has improved opening hours and is more or less open when every train comes through. If not, there are several customer service assistants around if need be. There are also two ticket machines in the foyer where one can buy any national rail tickets, as well as travel cards, and oyster tickets. Under the new management of London Overground there has been significant improvement such as new signs, more CCTV and electronic departure boards in the foyer, both platforms and the southbound shelter.

In early 2010, Hatch End Station has had ticket barriers installed, in common with many other London Overground Stations. There are two barriers, and another barrier for luggage and wheelchair users. There are still two ticket machines, and the ticket office which is now open much more regularly.

In addition, as of 2008 "K2 Cars" taxi service converted a previous dilapidated little hut next to the station into their office. They have several cars which can take one anywhere in the local vicinity.

Architectural critic and Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman was an admirer of Hatch End railway station and described it as "half-way between a bank and a medium sized country house" - Metroland.


London Buses routes H12, H14 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Bakerloo line facts". Transport for London. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Hatch End Station (509344)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 185. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  6. ^ Christopher Howse, "Risqué death in Metro-land", The Telegraph
  7. ^ a b c d Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0. 
  8. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 185, 115
  9. ^ Butt 1995, p. 115
  10. ^ http://www.londonreconnections.com/2014/study-sussex-part-4-victoria-station-brighton-line/#comment-215275
  11. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  12. ^ Network Rail timetable May-Dec 2012

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