Potters Bar railway station

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Potters Bar National Rail
Potters Bar with railway bridge.jpg
Looking down Darkes Lane. The railway station is on the left of the picture
Place Potters Bar
Local authority Borough of Hertsmere
Coordinates 51°41′49″N 0°11′38″W / 51.697°N 0.194°W / 51.697; -0.194Coordinates: 51°41′49″N 0°11′38″W / 51.697°N 0.194°W / 51.697; -0.194
Grid reference TL249014
Station code PBR
Managed by Great Northern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   1.382 million
2004/05 Increase 1.440 million
2005/06 Increase 1.445 million
2006/07 Increase 1.604 million
2007/08 Increase 1.681 million
2008/09 Decrease 1.649 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.569 million
2010/11 Increase 1.600 million
2011/12 Increase 1.646 million
2012/13 Increase 1.726 million
Key dates Opened 7 August 1850 (7 August 1850)
Original company Great Northern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
7 August 1850 Opened as Potter's Bar
1 May 1923 Renamed Potter's Bar and South Mimms
3 May 1971 Renamed Potter's Bar
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Potters Bar from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Potters Bar railway station serves the town of Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, England. It is located on the Great Northern Route between London Kings Cross and Hatfield on the East Coast Main Line.[1] Potters Bar station is the highest on the East Coast Main Line between (London King's Cross) and York.


The first section of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) - that from Louth to a junction with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway at Grimsby - opened on 1 March 1848, but the southern section of the main line, between Maiden Lane and Peterborough, was not opened until August 1850. Potter's Bar was one of the original stations, opening with the line on 7 August 1850.[2][3][4]

On 1 May 1923, the station was renamed Potter's Bar and South Mimms; on 3 May 1971 it reverted to its original name of Potter's Bar.[4]

The current station building, in a "post modern" style, is the third on this site. It replaced a 1955 structure designed by J Wyatt of the Eastern Region Architect's Department (Chief Architect H Powell). Pevsner described the 1955 station as "The first of the Eastern Region's good modern stations, the style much lighter in touch than in the stations of the 1960s (cf Broxbourne). Neat brick clerestory-lit booking hall".[5]

The platform canopies were also constructed in 1955, using what was then an innovative technique of pre-stressed concrete. As the concrete set it unexpectedly curved up at either end of the long, thin canopies, unintentionally creating the "willow" look.[6]


Potters Bar is a modern railway station spread across two floors.

On the lower floor, there are four ticket machines, located in the main booking hall and near to the entrance to the car park, a photo booth, cash machine, two ticket counters and a newsagency. Access to the platforms is controlled by a series of automatic ticket gates. Access is in the form of a ramp, meaning that wheelchair users can easily access the platforms.

On the upper floor, where the platforms are located, there are canopies running most of the length of both platforms. Each island platform has a help-point. Platforms 1&2 have both male and female toilets, as well as a cafe,[7] customer information office and a disabled access toilet. Platforms 3&4 are home to staff accommodation, including a mess room and station management office.

The station has four platforms, platforms 2 & 3 are the fast-line platforms which are used by fast line services, whilst platforms 1 & 4 are the slow-line platforms which are used by stopping services.




  • 4 tph to London King's Cross, of which:
    • 2 call only at Finsbury Park
    • 2 call at all stations (as per the Moorgate service above)
  • 2 tph to Welwyn Garden City as above
  • 1 tph to Cambridge as above
  • 1 tph to Peterborough as above


  • 3 tph to London King's Cross, of which:
    • 1 calls only at Finsbury Park
    • 2 call at all stations (as per Saturdays)
  • 2 tph to Welwyn Garden City as above
  • 1 tph to Cambridge as above

Bus services[edit]

London bus routes 84, 298, 313, school routes 626, 692, 699 and other routes.

Potters Bar rail crashes[edit]

Potters Bar has been the site of two major train crashes. On 10 February 1946 a three-train crash resulted in 2 fatalities and 17 people were hospitalized. The derailment of a fast train on 10 May 2002 resulted in 7 fatalities and 76 injured.

Ticket office opening times and station staffing hours[edit]

Below are the current opening and staffing times for Potters Bar, as of 2010.[9]

Ticket Office Hours
Day Opens Closes
Monday to Friday 06:15 20:10
Saturday 07:15 19:10
Sunday 08:15 19:30
Station Staffing Hours
Day From Until
Monday to Friday 06:00 20:30
Saturday 07:00 19:30
Sunday 08:00 19:50


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Great Northern


  1. ^ Baker, S.K. (April 2007) [1977]. Rail Atlas Great Britain & Ireland (11th ed.). Hersham: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 25, section A1. ISBN 978-0-86093-602-2. 0704/K. 
  2. ^ Gordon, W.J. (1989) [1910]. Our Home Railways. London: Bracken Books. volume II, p. 44. ISBN 1-85170-314-4. 
  3. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 135. CN 8983. 
  4. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 190. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Mikolaus (1977). The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 272. ISBN 0-300-09611-9. 
  6. ^ Coster, Peter J (2010). The Book of the Great Northern: the Main Line: An Engineering Commentary: Part One: King's Cross to Welwyn Garden City. Clophill, England: Irwell Press. p. 161. ISBN 978-1-906919-30-6. 
  7. ^ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/sjp/PBR/plan.html
  8. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=Timetables&crs_code=PBR
  9. ^ http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=StationInfo&crs_code=PBR

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