West Hampstead Thameslink railway station

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West Hampstead Thameslink National Rail
West Hampstead Thameslink Station building.jpg
New station building which opened in November 2011
West Hampstead Thameslink is located in Greater London
West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Thameslink
Location of West Hampstead Thameslink in Greater London
LocationWest Hampstead
Local authorityLondon Borough of Camden
Managed byThameslink
Station codeWHP
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
OSIWest Hampstead London Underground
West Hampstead London Overground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Increase 3.710 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.972 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 3.690 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.997 million[2]
2017–18Increase 3.847 million[2]
– interchange Increase 1.091 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 3.756 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.960 million[2]
2019–20Increase 3.987 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.998 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyMidland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 March 1871Opened as West End for Kilburn and Hampstead
1 July 1903Renamed West End
1 April 1904Renamed West End and Brondesbury
1 September 1905Renamed West Hampstead
25 September 1950Renamed West Hampstead Midland
16 May 1988Renamed West Hampstead Thameslink
Other information
External links
WGS8451°32′54″N 0°11′35″W / 51.5484°N 0.1930°W / 51.5484; -0.1930Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°11′35″W / 51.5484°N 0.1930°W / 51.5484; -0.1930
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

West Hampstead Thameslink is a National Rail station on the Midland Main Line and is served by Thameslink trains as part of the Thameslink route between Kentish Town and Cricklewood. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2.


The station was built by the Midland Railway on its extension to St. Pancras, to serve the newly developed area around the hamlet of West End. It opened on 1 March 1871, and was originally named West End for Kilburn and Hampstead.[3]

For a short period from 1878 the station formed part of the Super Outer Circle, Midland trains running through from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Acton Central and Turnham Green.[4]

It was renamed several times: to West End on 1 July 1903; to West End and Brondesbury on 1 April 1904; to West Hampstead on 1 September 1905; West Hampstead Midland on 25 September 1950; and finally West Hampstead Thameslink on 16 May 1988.[3] It was popular for many years for people taking a day out on Hampstead Heath and those visiting the chalybeate springs in Hampstead itself.[5]

Oyster Pay as you go was introduced in late 2007.

From March 2009, Southeastern and Thameslink began running some peak hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,[6] though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town.

Stations in West Hampstead
London Overground London Overground station
National Rail Thameslink station
West Hampstead
Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line Finchley Road
OSI: London Overground
Finchley Road
(MR) (1868–1927)
London Overground Finchley Road & Frognal
OSI: Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line

Proposed developments[edit]

Additional Thameslink services[edit]

Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network may call at the station from 2018.[7]


London Buses routes 139, 328 and C11 serve the station.


As its name suggests, West Hampstead Thameslink is on the Thameslink Route and all train services are operated by Thameslink.[8][9][10]

The current off-peak service in trains per hour is:

During the peak hours, there are additional services to Orpington via Bromley South.

The station is also served during the night by an hourly service between Bedford and Three Bridges.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
  Historical railways  
Cricklewood   Midland Railway
Dudding Hill Line
  Finchley Road


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 245. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ "Circle Line". Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  5. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  6. ^ Train Times - Thameslink Route (PDF). First Capital Connect. March–May 2009. p. 52. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Thameslink Programme: FAQs". Archived from the original on 9 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Timetable 02: Bedford, Luton and St Albans to London" (PDF). Thameslink, December 2019.
  9. ^ "Timetable 04: Wimbledon and Sutton Loop services" (PDF). Thameslink, December 2019.
  10. ^ "Timetable 06: Luton to Dartford and Rainham" (PDF). Thameslink, December 2019.