London Crosslink

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London Crosslink
170205 at Ely.JPG
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Line and stations open, service discontinued.
Locale East of England
Termini Norwich
Stations 19
Opened 22 May 2000 (2000-05-22)
Closed 28 September 2002 (2002-09-28)
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Anglia Railways
Rolling stock British Rail Class 170
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Not to be confused with Crossrail.
London Crosslink
Highbury & Islington
Camden Road
West Hampstead
Farnborough (Main)
South Western Main Line

London Crosslink was a train service operated by Anglia Railways between Norwich and Basingstoke, using the North London Line to bypass central London. Class 170 Turbostar diesel multiple units were used. The service ran from 22 May 2000 to 28 September 2002 supported by funding from the Strategic Rail Authority through its Rail Passenger Partnership fund.

Rolling Stock[edit]

Despite the majority of the routes served being electrified (overhead lines on the Anglia route, third rail on the South Western network and a mixture on the North London line), diesel stock had to be used as the section between Old Kew Junction and South Acton Junction — ie between the Hounslow Loop Line and the North London line — was (and still is) not electrified.

Service pattern[edit]

Due to capacity constraints on the North London Line the service only ran infrequently with uneven headways. The majority of services did not run the full length of the route, although all served Basingstoke; Stratford, Chelmsford, Witham, Colchester and Ipswich were all starting or terminating points on the Great Eastern Main Line. Another drawback with the service was the varied stopping patterns employed; for example trains only stopped at Camden Road on weekends, Brentford calls were only made from May 2001 and then only during the morning and evening on weekdays and all-day Sundays, and Romford only received one service per day in the early morning.

There were six daily departures Monday to Saturday and five on Sundays.[1] Below is an extract of the timetable, showing the service offered on weekdays heading eastbound:

Basingstoke 08:27 10:30 12:32 13:42 16:33 18:06
Farnborough Main 08:40 10:43 12:45 13:54 18:19
Woking 08:51 10:53 12:55 14:04 16:53 18:29
Staines 09:12 11:13 13:14 14:31 17:13 18:54
Feltham 09:19 11:21 13:21 14:37 17:21 19:01
Brentford 09:27
Willesden Junction 17:29 19:09
West Hampstead 09:58 11:44 13:46 14:59 17:56 19:29
Highbury & Islington 10:13 11:58 14:02 15:14 17:57 19:43
Stratford 10:29 12:15 14:23 15:35 18:14 20:02
Ingatestone 12:36 14:45
Chelmsford 11:02 12:42 14:51 20:26
Witham 12:51 20:34
Colchester 11:21 20:53
Ipswich 21:12


  1. ^ South West Trains Complete Timetable Booklet May 2001

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