West Hampstead railway station

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West Hampstead London Overground
West Hampstead railway station 2.jpg
West Hampstead is located in Greater London
West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Location of West Hampstead in Greater London
Location West Hampstead
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by London Overground
Owner Network Rail
Station code WHD
DfT category D
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI West Hampstead London Underground
West Hampstead Thameslink National Rail[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 3.674 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.362 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 4.458 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.457 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 4.716 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.514 million[2]
2015–16 Increase 4.814 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.668 million[2]
2016–17 Decrease 4.722 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.695 million[2]
Key dates
1888 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°32′50″N 0°11′30″W / 51.5473°N 0.1918°W / 51.5473; -0.1918Coordinates: 51°32′50″N 0°11′30″W / 51.5473°N 0.1918°W / 51.5473; -0.1918
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West Hampstead railway station is a London Overground station on the North London Line between Brondesbury and Finchley Road & Frognal in the London Borough of Camden and is in Travelcard Zone 2.

The station and all trains are operated by London Overground.


The station originally opened in 1888 and was called West End Lane until its name was changed in 1975.[3] Rail services were operated by the North London Railway until British Rail took control of operations. The station later became part of the Network SouthEast system.

Following the privatisation of British Rail, the station was operated by the Silverlink train franchise from 1997 until 2007, when operations passed to Transport for London's London Overground system.

Anglia Railways used to run a regional rail service that called here, between Norwich and Basingstoke. This service known as London Crosslink, was discontinued in Autumn 2002 due to congestion on the North London Line and the financial return being less than that forecast.[citation needed]

The station received a major refurbishment towards the end of 2007, to coincide with the London Overground takeover. The ticket office has a new layout including automatic ticket gates and machines and the station is now staffed throughout traffic hours (as are all London Overground stations).

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 February 1937, an express freight train was derailed near the station.[4]


Stations in West Hampstead
Up arrow Chiltern Main Line to Birmingham
Up arrow LU Jubilee and Metropolitan lines
Up arrow Thameslink and Midland Main Line
Left arrow North London line to Richmond
London Overground London Overground station
National Rail Thameslink station
West Hampstead(on West End Lane)
Jubilee Line LU Jubilee line station
Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line Finchley Road OSI: London Overground
Finchley Road(MR) (1868–1927)
London Overground Finchley Road & Frognal OSI: Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line
Right arrow North London line to Stratford
Down arrow Thameslink and Midland Main Line
Down arrow LU Jubilee and Metropolitan lines
Down arrow Chiltern Main Line to Marylebone

West Hampstead railway station has an out of station interchange with both West Hampstead Thameslink railway station and West Hampstead Underground station.

There are proposals for a new West Hampstead interchange linking all three stations in the area, and additionally serving two further lines that currently pass through the site.


The arrangement of three separate stations (Thameslink, Overground and Jubilee Line) means that passengers wishing to change lines must walk along or cross West End Lane, a busy main road. A West Hampstead interchange proposal was put forward in 2004 by Chiltern Railways which would link the three West Hampstead stations with subterranean walkways. New platforms would be built for the Chiltern Main Line, and possibly also for the Metropolitan line, and the Thameslink and London Overground (formerly Silverlink) stations would be relocated on the east side of West End Lane.[5] The redevelopment would involve demolishing existing buildings and the redevelopment of West End Lane as "a tree-lined boulevard".[6][7] The plans were put on hold in 2007 due to uncertainty over the North London Line rail franchise.[8] This has now been shelved with Network Rail instead redeveloping the Thameslink station by installing a second footbridge with lift access leading to a new station building on Iverson Road.[9]

In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published a plan[10] for an off-road, mainly orbital North and West London Light Railway, sharing the orbital Dudding Hill Line freight corridor, and taking over at least one of the two Midland Railway freight lines which run through the neighbouring West Hampstead Thameslink station.


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


West Hampstead currently has the following London Overground (North London Line) services, which is operated by Class 378 trainsets.[11]


Preceding station   Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground   Following station
North London Line
towards Stratford
  Former Service  
National Rail National Rail
Brentford   Anglia Railways
London Crosslink
  Camden Road or
Highbury & Islington


  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 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Joe Brown (2006). London Railway Atlas. Ian Allan Publishing. 
  4. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1980). Trains in Trouble. Vol. 1. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 40. ISBN 0-906899-01-X. 
  5. ^ "Planning Framework for West Hampstead Interchange Area Appendix 2". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. p. 25. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange". AlwaysTouchOut.com. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  7. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange Draft Planning Framework". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Station interchange plans put on hold". Camden New Journal. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Thameslink station redevelopment gets go-ahead". New Civil Engineer. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  10. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan
  11. ^ Table 59 National Rail timetable, May 2016