Arlesey railway station
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Arlesey railway station serves the town of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, England. It is 37 miles 3 chains (59.61 km) from London King's Cross on the East Coast Main Line. Arlesey is managed by Great Northern, however as of December 2019 all services to the station are operated by Thameslink due to significant rebranding across their network.
The small station building
|Local authority||Central Bedfordshire|
|Managed by||Great Northern|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|7 August 1850||Opened as Arlsey and Shefford Road|
|March 1860||Renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road|
|July 1893||Renamed Arlesey|
|July 1895||Renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road|
|1 March 1933||Renamed Arlesey and Henlow|
|5 January 1959||Closed|
|3 October 1988||Reopened as Arlesey|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arlesey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The first section of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) (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 (from Maiden Lane to Peterborough) was not opened until 7 August 1850. One of the 1850 stations was Arlsey and Shefford Road. It was renamed Arlesey and Shefford Road in March 1860, but the shorter name of Arlesey was used between July 1893 and July 1895.
The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) during the grouping of 1923. On 1 March 1933 the LNER renamed the station Arlesey and Henlow. The station passed to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
The line, however, remained open; and the present station built by Network SouthEast opened on 3 October 1988 on the site of the original station in the Church End area of Arlesey. The rebuilt station was designed to be fully accessible to wheelchairs but was initially unusable by those who could not leave their chair as there were no facilities for 'loading and unloading'. First Capital Connect provided the station with ramps in 2006, and users now simply have to ring 24 hours in advance for assistance.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the station in 2006.
The station is fully accessible to wheelchair users but is not accessible platform to platform. There is no access to ticket machines or help point on the down (Peterborough) platform. FCC installed modern LED lights on both platforms in 2009.
The station has two small shelters on both platforms.
There is a ticket office on the southbound platform and 2 modern Touch Screen ticket machines located adjacent to the booking office. Cycle storage is provided on both sides of the station; although only the southbound side has secure storage. First Capital Connect installed a help point on Platform 1. Arlesey station does not currently have automatic ticket gates. Train running information is provided via digital CIS displays, automated announcements and a customer help point on platform 1.
As of December 2019, the typical off-peak service from Arlesey is:
Ticket Office Opening Times & Station Staffing HoursEdit
|Ticket Office Hours|
|Monday to Friday||06:45||12:10|
|Station Staffing Hours|
|Monday to Friday||06:30||12:30|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Peterborough to Horsham
Line open; Station closed
|Great Northern Railway||
Line and station open
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- Arlesey station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- "Thameslink Timetable 10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London" (pdf). Thameslink. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
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