West Hampstead interchange

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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

West Hampstead interchange was a proposal by Chiltern Railways to connect three existing railway stations and two lines now without platforms, on West End Lane in West Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden in London, England. Although physically separate, they are near each other and the stations form a railway interchange. Two of the stations are part of the National Rail network and the third is on the London Underground.

Stations and lines[edit]

West Hampstead Thameslink railway station is the oldest but acquired that name when the Thameslink route was established in 1988. Earlier names were West End and West End and Brondesbury. It is on the western side of West End Lane at the Iverson Road junction. Services are operated by Thameslink. Annual usage in 2009 was 2.318 million.

West Hampstead railway station is on the North London Line, with train services provided by London Overground which is managed by Transport for London. It was known as West End Lane until 1975. It is on the western side of West End Lane between the tube station and Iverson Road. Services are operated by London Overground. Annual usage in 2009 was 1.5 million.

West Hampstead Underground station, on the Jubilee line, is owned and operated by Transport for London. It is on the eastern side of West End Lane near Broadhurst Gardens. It was a Bakerloo line station until 1979. Annual usage in 2009 was 7.44 million.

Additionally, three railway lines pass through West Hampstead but do not have stations in the area; they are:

  • The Metropolitan line, whose trains bypass the tube station as they have no platforms there;
  • The Midland Main Line, whose trains run through the Thameslink station without stopping;
  • The Chiltern Main Line, which runs parallel to the Underground lines on the south side.

Current interchange[edit]

Lines and stations

To change stations passengers leave one and walk along West End Lane to the other. The diagram shows the relative locations of the stations which are spaced over about 200 metres (220 yards). Out-of-station interchange within twenty minutes between any two of the stations entails no additional charge.[1] As an example: a journey from Richmond to St Albans may be made on one ticket with a walk between the North London Line and the Thameslink stations.


In 2003, Chiltern Railways unveiled a proposal to redevelop the area along West End Lane to create an integrated station complex which would allow passenger interchange among five different Tube and railway and lines.[2] The scheme envisaged building new platforms on the Chiltern Main Line and the Metropolitan lines, and relocating the Thameslink and London Overground stations to the east side of West End Lane. The combined station would have a central passenger concourse and ticket hall, and pedestrian walkways would connect the stations.[3] The scheme also proposed the construction of a new housing and office development and widening West End Lane, turning it into "a tree-lined boulevard" with additional space for buses and taxis.[4][5]

The plans were put on hold in 2007 due to uncertainty over the North London Line rail franchise.[6]

Current services[edit]

  West Hampstead Underground station  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
towards Stratford
  West Hampstead Thameslink railway station  
Sutton Loop
  West Hampstead railway station  
Preceding station   Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
North London Line
towards Stratford


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchange (OSI)". Oyster and National Rail (independent guide). 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ Wright, Jane (24 July 2003). "Super station waiting on the drawing board". Camden New Journal. New Journal Enterprises. Archived from the original on 31 October 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Planning Framework for West Hampstead Interchange Area Appendix 2". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. p. 25. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011.
  4. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange". Always Touch Out. 11 January 2006. Archived from the original on 12 July 2004.
  5. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange Draft Planning Framework". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Station interchange plans put on hold". Camden New Journal. 15 March 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.

Coordinates: 51°32′51″N 0°11′29″W / 51.54750°N 0.19139°W / 51.54750; -0.19139