Hertford East railway station

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Hertford East National Rail
The main entrance to the station
Hertford East is located in Hertfordshire
Hertford East
Hertford East
Location of Hertford East in Hertfordshire
Location Hertford
Local authority District of East Hertfordshire
Grid reference TL330129
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Station code HFE
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone B
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Decrease 0.667 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 0.775 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 0.795 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 0.827 million[1]
2015–16 Increase 0.880 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Great Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
27 February 1888 (1888-02-27) Opened as Hertford
1 July 1923 Renamed Hertford East
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°47′56″N 0°04′23″W / 51.799°N 0.073°W / 51.799; -0.073Coordinates: 51°47′56″N 0°04′23″W / 51.799°N 0.073°W / 51.799; -0.073
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Hertford East railway station is one of two stations in Hertford in Hertfordshire, England, the other being Hertford North station. The station is 24 14 miles (39.0 km) north of London Liverpool Street and is the terminus of the Hertford East Branch of the West Anglia Main Line with train services provided by Abellio Greater Anglia. There are two platforms, although platform one is only used during peak times and primarily for trains to and from Stratford.


The current station, which was designed by W. N. Ashbee, was opened by the Great Eastern Railway on Monday 27 February 1888, replacing a station further to the east which dated from the opening of the branch line from Broxbourne in 1843. The station was listed in 1974 as a Grade II* listed building;[2] in 1996 the buffer lights on Platform One were separately listed in their own right.[3]

Services and Amenities[edit]

A 1902 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Hertford East (centre, shown here as G.E.)

The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to/from London Liverpool Street via Tottenham Hale. During peak times a few trains operate via Seven Sisters as well as additional services to/from Stratford station via Tottenham Hale and services starting/terminating short at Broxbourne. On Sundays the typical off peak service are two trains per hour to Stratford via Tottenham Hale. These services are operated by British Rail Class 317 units.

The Oyster card system has been extended to Hertford East and became operational on 19 October 2015.[4]

View eastwards, out from stop blocks in 1959

There is a kiosk and a taxi service at the station.

Proposed developments[edit]

Some options of the proposed East West Rail Link involve reopening a route between Hertford East railway station and Hertford North railway station; however a 2009 discussion paper noted that while "the new connection appears technically feasible, doubts must be cast over its public acceptability and deliverability".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Hertford East Station". British Listed Buildings Online. English Heritage. 
  3. ^ "Buffer Lights On Platform 1 at Hertford East Station". British Listed Buildings Online. English Heritage. 
  4. ^ Contactless payments and Oyster extended to Hertford East
  5. ^ "East West Rail Central Section - Operating Case Discussion Paper" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus Greater Anglia