Stevenage railway station

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Stevenage National Rail
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365537 heading north though Stevenage railway station on platform 3
Location
Place Stevenage
Local authority Borough of Stevenage
Grid reference TL234241
Operations
Station code SVG
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 4.272 million
2012/13 Increase 4.339 million
2013/14 Increase 4.449 million
2014/15 Increase 4.609 million
2015/16 Increase 4.760 million
History
Key dates Opened 23 July 1973 (23 July 1973)
8 August 1850 Original station opened by GNR
22 July 1973 Station closed
23 July 1973 Relocated 73 chains(1.5km) south to present location and opened by BR
29 September 1973 Officially opened by Shirley Williams MP
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stevenage from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Remains of old station

Stevenage railway station serves the town of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. The station is 27 miles 45 chains (44.4 km) north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line.[1] Stevenage is managed and served by Great Northern. It is also served by Hull Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast.

The present station was opened on 26 July 1973[2] by Shirley Williams,[3] then MP for Stevenage, replacing the previous station, which was 73 chains (1,500 m) to the north,[1] and further away from the centre of the new town. The station was built by British Rail.

History[edit]

The original Stevenage railway station was built in 1850 by the Great Northern Railway, despite the apparent hostility towards the railway being built there at that time due to the inevitable decline it would cause to local coach businesses,[4] which all ended shortly after the station was opened. In 1946, Stevenage was one of the first communities selected to become a 'New Town' as part of the governments New Towns Act, which resulted in a new town centre. In 1973, the railway station was relocated 73 chains (1.47 km) south, within walking distance (220 yd, 200 m) of the new town centre.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The station has two separate ticket offices (Great Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast), but in practice, each sell each other's tickets. There are also seven ticket machines. There are toilets at street level (but not on the platforms) and lifts from the station building to both platforms.

Stevenage railway station

The station also has automatic ticket barriers, which were installed by First Capital Connect (the previous train operator) shortly after it took over the route, as a revenue protection exercise and to improve security at the station. There is a snack bar, at street level, and two coffee bars at platform level, with one per platform. The newsagent previously at street level closed in March 2014, pending the redevelopment of the station which has since been completed. Since December 2013, the previous train operator, First Capital Connect started refurbishing the station completely, introducing passenger lifts between platform and street level, and refurbishing the concourse area plus retail units. The works were due to be completed by April 2014, but were delayed. Since Great Northern took over the franchise in September 2014, these works have been completed.

Both island platforms have indoor waiting rooms that were refurbished in May 2012 as part of a wider scheme to refurbish and add waiting rooms across the Great Northern Route, and there is also outdoor seating along the length of the platforms.

The station is a short walk on a walkway from Stevenage Bus Station and is opposite a leisure complex that includes the Gordon Craig Theatre.

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
London Kings Cross   Great Northern
London-Peterborough/Huntingdon (fast)
  Biggleswade or
St. Neots
Knebworth or
Finsbury Park
  Great Northern
London-Cambridgeshire/Norfolk/Royston
  Hitchin
Watton-at-Stone   Great Northern
London-Letchworth/Stevenage/Hitchin
  Terminus or
Hitchin
London King's Cross   Virgin Trains East Coast
London-York/Newark/Doncaster/Peterborough/Edinburgh/Newcastle/Lincoln/Hull
  Peterborough
London King's Cross   Virgin Trains East Coast
London-Leeds and West Yorkshire services
  Peterborough or
Grantham
London King's Cross   Hull Trains
London-Hull
  Grantham

Great Northern[edit]

Most of the trains serving Stevenage station are operated by Great Northern, lying on its Great Northern Route from London King's Cross to Peterborough and Cambridge. It is also served by trains between London and Letchworth via Hertford North; these trains use Moorgate station in London. Great Northern services mainly use the outer faces of each island platform - platform 1 for Kings Cross and Moorgate and platform 4 for Letchworth, Cambridge and Peterborough. During weekday rush hours & at weekends some trains to/from Hertford North also terminate & start from platform 4.

The Monday–Saturday off-peak service is:[6][7]

  • 4 trains per hour southbound to King's Cross, of which:
    • 2 run fast, calling at Finsbury Park only;
    • 2 stop at all stations as far as Hatfield, then fast to Potters Bar and Finsbury Park.
  • 2 trains per hour northbound to Cambridge (one semi-fast, one stopping at all local stations)
  • 2 trains per hour northbound to Peterborough, calling at all stations.
  • 1 train per hour south to London Moorgate via Hertford North, calling at all stations en route;
  • 1 train per hour north to Letchworth Garden City, which only runs on weekdays (at weekends this service terminates here).

Virgin Trains East Coast[edit]

Virgin Trains East Coast routes
Inverness
Carrbridge
Aviemore
Kingussie
Newtonmore
Blair Atholl
Pitlochry
Dunkeld
Perth
Gleneagles
Dunblane
Stirling
Falkirk Grahamston
Aberdeen
Stonehaven
Montrose
Arbroath
Dundee
Leuchars
Kirkcaldy
Inverkeithing
Glasgow Central
(Glasgow Subway St Enoch)
Motherwell
Haymarket Edinburgh Trams
Edinburgh Waverley
(Edinburgh Trams St Andrew Square)
Dunbar
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Alnmouth
Morpeth
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Metro
Newcastle Central Tyne and Wear Metro
Durham
Darlington
Northallerton
York
Skipton
Keighley
Bradford Forster Sq
Shipley
Harrogate
Horsforth
Leeds
Wakefield Westgate
Hull
Brough
Selby
Doncaster
Retford
Lincoln Central
Newark North Gate
Grantham
Peterborough
Stevenage
London King's Cross London Underground

Stevenage is also served by some Virgin Trains East Coast services on the East Coast Main Line. During the day, there is an hourly service between London King's Cross and Leeds and an hourly service between King's Cross and Newark North Gate (extended to York every 2 hours); at other times there are also services to Edinburgh Waverley and Newcastle.[8] These services use platform 2 southbound and platform 3 northbound.

Hull Trains[edit]

Hull Trains offer a very limited service, only calling at Stevenage on Sunday afternoons, 1 train northbound and 2 trains southbound. This service runs between King's Cross and Hull.[10]

Future[edit]

Future Thameslink services[edit]

After the Thameslink Programme is complete (scheduled for 2018), Great Northern services will be extended to destinations south of central London.[11] In September 2016, a proposed timetable was released; the planned services are:

As a result of this, all of the above services will be re-branded as Thameslink. There will also be some additional limited-stop services between London King's Cross (not extended through central London) and Peterborough during rush hour and in the evenings; these services will remain under the Great Northern brand.

Prior to 2016, it was proposed to run the stopping Cambridge services to/from Tattenham Corner instead,[12] however this proposal has since been cancelled, in favour of Maidstone East.

Additional platform[edit]

Govia Thameslink Railway (the owner of Great Northern) have long aspired to terminate all services on the Hertford Loop Line at Stevenage, rather than have them continue through to Letchworth Garden City. Currently, services on the line do terminate here on weekends, however on weekdays most are extended to Letchworth[13] due to insufficient capacity to accommodate terminating trains at Stevenage. To help alleviate this problem, there is a proposal to build an additional south-facing bay platform at Stevenage;[11] this platform would allow Great Northern trains on the Hertford Loop Line to terminate here, which would increase capacity on both the Hertford Loop and the East Coast Main Line, and allow for an enhanced service frequency on both routes.

East Coast Trains[edit]

In May 2016 ORR gave the green light to a new open-access operator called East Coast Trains, which would operate services to Edinburgh Waverley via Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth. Services are planned to begin in 2021.[14][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 15B. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 219. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ A brass plaque in the upstairs walkway/bridge commemorates this.
  4. ^ http://www.wordoxers.com/hos/main7.htm
  5. ^ http://www.localhistories.org/stevenage.html
  6. ^ Table 25 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  7. ^ Table 24 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  8. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2016 Edition, Table 26
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Hull Trains - Our Timetables" Retrieved 23 August 2016
  11. ^ a b c Timetable consultation : Southern
  12. ^ Proposed Thameslink service pattern
  13. ^ Timetables : Thameslink and Great Northern (A1)
  14. ^ Applications for the East Coast Main Line Office of Rail and Road 12 May 2016
  15. ^ First Group to run Edinburgh to London budget rail service BBC News 12 May 2016
  16. ^ VTEC and FirstGroup granted East Coast Main Line paths Railway Gazette International 12 May 2016

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°54′07″N 0°12′25″W / 51.902°N 0.207°W / 51.902; -0.207