Bowes Park railway station

Bowes Park railway station is in the London Borough of Haringey in north London, and is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 3 and Travelcard Zone 4. It is 5 miles 55 chains (9.15 km) down the line from London King's Cross.[3] The station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Northern, on the Hertford Loop Line. It was first opened by the GNR in 1880, some nine years after the Loop Line itself was completed.

Bowes Park National Rail
Great Northern Class 313 at Bowes Park June 2019.jpg
Bowes Park is located in Greater London
Bowes Park
Bowes Park
Location of Bowes Park in Greater London
LocationBowes Park
Local authorityLondon Borough of Haringey
Managed byGreat Northern
Station codeBOP
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3 and 4
OSIBounds Green[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Decrease 0.918 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.870 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 0.864 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 0.788 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 0.672 million[2]
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WGS8451°36′28″N 0°07′15″W / 51.6078°N 0.1209°W / 51.6078; -0.1209Coordinates: 51°36′28″N 0°07′15″W / 51.6078°N 0.1209°W / 51.6078; -0.1209
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

The station is a short walk from Bounds Green Underground station on the Piccadilly line, with which it is a valid out-of-station interchange. It has an unusual location in that it is situated between two quiet residential cul-de-sacs and is accessed from a footbridge over the railway line which divides those streets.

Bowes Park is the only station on the entire Hertford Loop with an island platform.

In autumn 2008, a new Shere FASTticket self-service ticket machine, accepting both cash and credit cards, was installed here (and similarly at other local Govia Thameslink Railway stations).

To the north of the station is a single siding in between the two running tracks which is occasionally used to turn around East Coast InterCity 225 and 125 trains heading for Bounds Green Depot just north of Alexandra Palace. A connection to the now disused GER Palace Gates Line whose terminus, Palace Gates (Wood Green), lay just to the south, was made in 1929.


The service runs to Moorgate via Highbury & Islington. The service, which used Class 313 EMUs previously, now uses Class 717 EMUs, as these are the only units cleared to run in the tunnel section between Drayton Park and Moorgate stations.

The typical weekday off-peak service is 4 trains per hour to Moorgate and 2 trains per hour to Hertford North and 2 trains an hour to Stevenage now that work on the 5th platform has been completed. Some extra peak services start/finish at Gordon Hill On Saturdays & Sundays, the service is half-hourly each way (hourly to/from Stevenage).[4]

If there are rail works on the fast line via New Southgate, London North Eastern Railway, Hull Trains, Grand Central and Great Northern express services directly to the north and Cambridge are diverted via the Hertford Loop.

The following off-peak weekday services currently call at Bowes Park:


  • Oyster pay and go has been accepted at the station since 2 January 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 24A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  4. ^ Table 24 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Oyster Card and National Rail, National Rail Enquiries Website Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Alexandra Palace   Great Northern
Northern City Line
(Hertford Loop Line)
  Palmers Green