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High Barnet tube station

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High Barnet London Underground
High Barnet tube station southern entrance July 2017.png
Southern entrance
High Barnet is located in Greater London
High Barnet
High Barnet
Location of High Barnet in Greater London
Location Chipping Barnet
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 5
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Decrease 2.80 million[2]
2014 Increase 3.23 million[2]
2015 Increase 3.65 million[2]
2016 Decrease 3.65 million[2]
2017 Increase 4.26 million[2]
Key dates
1872 Opened (GNR)
1940 Started (Northern line)
1941 Ended (LNER)
1962 Goods yard closed[3]
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°39′02″N 0°11′39″W / 51.6505°N 0.1941°W / 51.6505; -0.1941Coordinates: 51°39′02″N 0°11′39″W / 51.6505°N 0.1941°W / 51.6505; -0.1941
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High Barnet is a London Underground station, and former railway station, located in Chipping Barnet in North London. The station is the terminus of the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and is in Travelcard Zone 5. It is the northernmost station on the Northern line and is situated 10.2 miles (16.4 km) north north-west of Charing Cross. The next station south is Totteridge & Whetstone.

Northern line trains are scheduled to arrive and depart every 3–9 minutes from the station's three southbound platforms, with trains operating to Morden via Bank or to Kennington or Morden via Charing Cross.

In the early hours of the morning, between about 00:00 and 01:00, departing trains run as far as East Finchley only, from where journeys to central London can be continued by night bus N20, which also serves High Barnet station itself.

When trains are no longer required to run on the Northern line, they may be stabled on the sidings to the east of the station.

History[edit]

High Barnet station was planned by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway (EH&LR) and was originally opened on 1 April 1872 by the Great Northern Railway (which had taken over the EH&LR)[4] on the original site of the Barnet Faire. It was the terminus of the branch of a line that ran from Finsbury Park to Edgware via Highgate.

After the 1921 Railways Act created the "Big Four" railway companies the line was, from 1923, part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). The section of the High Barnet branch north of East Finchley was incorporated into the London Underground network through the "Northern Heights" project begun in the late 1930s. High Barnet station was first served by Northern line trains on 14 April 1940[5] and, after a period where the station was served by both operators, LNER services ended in 1941.[4] British Rail (the successor to the LNER) freight trains continued to serve the station's goods yard until 1 October 1962, when it was closed.[3]

The station still retains much of its original Victorian architectural character today, a considerable number of platform buildings dating from the pre-LT era.

In the Autumn 2008, a new train crew accommodation block began construction immediately to the south west of the station in part of the station's car park. This accommodation was opened on 31 January 2010.

Also further improvements have been introduced: A new covered step-free entrance from the car park to platform one is now available, along with a ramp at the end of the platform connecting it to platforms two and three. There are also two accessible toilets now available. These works were fully completed in October 2009. Therefore, there is full step-free access coverage in the station, although a considerably steep path to the station still exists if approaching from the north and a steep approach from the road to station level from the south also remains.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Underground: The Journal of the London Underground Railway Society" (PDF) (12). December 1962: p. 7. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Clive's Underground Line Guides - Northern Line, Dates
  5. ^ Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

External links[edit]

London Transport Museum Photographic Archive High Barnet Station in 1935 during the LNER period prior to London Transport's take-over.

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TerminusNorthern line
towards Morden or Kennington