Huntingdon railway station

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Huntingdon National Rail
Huntingdon Station - geograph.org.uk - 1018223.jpg
Location
Place Huntingdon
Local authority District of Huntingdonshire
Coordinates 52°19′44″N 0°11′31″W / 52.329°N 0.192°W / 52.329; -0.192Coordinates: 52°19′44″N 0°11′31″W / 52.329°N 0.192°W / 52.329; -0.192
Grid reference TL232715
Operations
Station code HUN
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.673 million
2012/13 Increase 1.685 million
2013/14 Increase 1.692 million
2014/15 Increase 1.770 million
2015/16 Increase 1.806 million
History
7 August 1850 Station opens as Huntingdon
1 July 1923 Station renamed Huntingdon North
15 June 1964 Station renamed Huntingdon
1976 Station rebuild began
11 May 1987 First electric service from rebuilt station
2005 Station building subject to partial rebuild
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Huntingdon from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Huntingdon Railway Station serves the town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, England. The station is on the East Coast Main Line and has three platforms; one bay and two through platforms. Huntingdon is managed and served by Great Northern. During engineering works or periods of disruption Virgin Trains East Coast services sometimes call at Huntingdon, but there is no regular Virgin Trains service from the station.

History[edit]

A 1914 Railway Clearing House map showing (upper centre) railways in the vicinity of Huntingdon (shown here as G.N. STA.)
Great Northern Route
King's Lynn
Watlington
Downham Market
Peterborough
Littleport
Ely
Huntingdon
Waterbeach
Cambridge
St. Neots
Foxton
Shepreth
Sandy
Meldreth
Royston
Biggleswade
Ashwell and Morden
Baldock
Arlesey
Letchworth Garden City
Hitchin
Stevenage
Knebworth
Watton-at-Stone
Welwyn North
Hertford North
Welwyn Garden City
Bayford
Hatfield
Cuffley
Welham Green
Crews Hill
Brookmans Park
Gordon Hill
Potters Bar
Enfield Chase
Hadley Wood
Grange Park
New Barnet
Winchmore Hill
Oakleigh Park
Palmers Green
New Southgate
Bowes Park
Alexandra Palace
Hornsey
Harringay
London Underground Finsbury Park
London Underground King's Cross
Drayton Park
Highbury & Islington London Underground London Overground
Essex Road
Old Street London Underground
Moorgate London Underground

When originally opened by the Great Northern Railway on 7 August 1850, the station was just named Huntingdon, however, from 1 July 1923 until 15 June 1965 the station was known as Huntingdon North to distinguish it from the nearby Huntingdon East on the line between Cambridge and Kettering via St Ives.[1] The latter closed to passenger traffic in June 1959, along with the line.

From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s the station was slowly rebuilt, going from a station with one platform connected to the ticket office and an island platform to an electrified station with the main platform, a bay platform as well as a separate platform for the slow line. The reason for this was that pre-1976, only three tracks went through the station causing a major bottleneck in the area.

From 1977, when Kings Cross suburban electric services were introduced, until the main line to Peterborough was electrified in 1988, local services were provided by a diesel multiple-unit shuttle from Hitchin that started and terminated here – passengers for stations further south had to change at Hitchin onto the Kings Cross–Royston outer suburban electric service. Certain East Coast main line services between London, Doncaster and York or Hull stopped here to provide onward connections for through passengers and offer direct trains to the capital. There were also a number of Kings Cross–Peterborough through trains for commuters at peak times.[2] Once electrification began, stops by longer-distance trains were gradually removed and had ceased by the time British Rail was privatised in 1995, as can be seen from the East Coast Main Line timetable of that era.

The station sustained an arson attack in 2005. Much of the station roof had to be rebuilt, as did the booking hall.

Facilities[edit]

Huntingdon is staffed for most of the day. Automatic ticket barriers have been installed, as part of a wider programme by the former franchisee, First Capital Connect, to place them across large parts of the network as a revenue-protecting and security exercise. The station has three touch-screen ticket machines.

There are toilet facilities at the station, as well as shelters on all platforms. The station has a combined newsagent and buffet on the London-bound platform, and a vending machine on the Peterborough-bound platform.

There is a taxi rank directly outside the entrance to the London-bound platforms. A considerable amount of parking space is provided adjacent to both platforms.

Services[edit]

Huntingdon station is served by a half-hourly service southbound to London Kings Cross and northbound to Peterborough throughout the day Monday to Saturday. There is an hourly service in each direction on Sundays. Journey times to London range from around 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes on these services, depending on the stopping pattern south of Hitchin.

There are also extra services during the weekday peak that run fast to/from Kings Cross, others only stop at St. Neots, as well as some that additionally only call at St. Neots, Biggleswade and/or Stevenage, then are fast to Kings Cross, and others stopping only at St. Neots, Biggleswade and/or Hitchin. These services usually take around 40–45 minutes to Kings Cross. Also a few additional peak services to/from London start/terminate here.[3]

During times of engineering work in the Hitchin area, Huntingdon often operates as the terminus for Virgin Trains East Coast services from Scotland and the north-east of England, which are normally destined for Kings Cross. A rail replacement service usually runs from Huntingdon to Biggleswade or Stevenage to connect with services to or from London Kings Cross. Huntingdon is also used as a stop for Virgin Trains East Coast services if Peterborough cannot be used.

Bus links[edit]

A bus concourse adjacent to the station is served by Stagecoach East Bus-way B, Whippet 477 and Whippet 45.

Gallery[edit]

Routes[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Great Northern Peterborough Line
Great Northern
Great Northern fasts
Great Northern
Great Northern Peterborough Line
Terminus
Great Northern
Great Northern fasts
Terminus
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Northern Railway
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Mott, Allan (2003). Hitchin to Peterborough. Midhurst: Middleton Press. volume I, pic. 64,65. ISBN 1-904474-07-1. 
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 1982 Edition, Tables 25 and 26
  3. ^ Table 25 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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