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Cheshunt is a National Rail and London Overground station in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England. On the National Rail network it is on the West Anglia Main Line, 14 miles 1 chain (22.6 km) from London Liverpool Street and situated between Waltham Cross and Broxbourne. On the London Overground network it is one of three northern termini of the Lea Valley lines.

Cheshunt London Overground National Rail
Cheshunt station 2008.jpg
The station in 2008, after rebuilding works completed 2006
Cheshunt is located in Hertfordshire
Location of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
Local authorityBorough of Broxbourne
Grid referenceTL366022
Managed byGreater Anglia
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeCHN
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms3
Fare zone8
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 2.022 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.237 million[1]
2014–15Increase 2.141 million[1]
– interchange Steady 0.237 million[1]
2015–16Increase 2.247 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.284 million[1]
2016–17Increase 2.260 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.345 million[1]
2017–18Increase 2.370 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.402 million[1]
Railway companies
Original companyEastern Counties Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
31 May 1846Original station opened
1 October 1891Station resited
Other information
External links
WGS8451°42′11″N 0°01′26″W / 51.703°N 0.024°W / 51.703; -0.024Coordinates: 51°42′11″N 0°01′26″W / 51.703°N 0.024°W / 51.703; -0.024
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Former franchise holder National Express East Anglia fulfilled a commitment to extend the bay platform at Cheshunt to accommodate eight-coach trains (previously it could only accommodate six coaches). The works also involved replacing all existing station buildings, and replacing the station footbridge. Construction commenced in December 2005 and was largely complete by August 2006.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross stations were the main access point for the Broxbourne whitewater canoe and kayak slalom.

An Oyster Card extension to Cheshunt was introduced in January 2013, with the station in Travelcard zone 8.[2]

The station in 2006, just after the start of renovation works



The line from Stratford to Broxbourne was opened by the Northern & Eastern Railway on 15 September 1840. Cheshunt station itself was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1846.[3]

The lines from Hackney Downs to Bishop's Stortford and Hertford East, including those through Cheshunt, were electrified on 21 November 1960. The lines south via Tottenham Hale were not electrified until 5 May 1969.[4] Prior to 1969, passenger services between Cheshunt and London via Tottenham Hale were normally operated by Class 125 diesel multiple units (which had been purpose-built for the line in 1958).

A railway existed in Cheshunt before the station and the main line from London were originally opened in the 1840s. The horse-drawn Cheshunt Railway was opened on 26 June 1825. Based on a design by Henry Robinson Palmer, this line ran for 0.75 mi (1.21 km) from the town's high street to the River Lea, near where Cheshunt station is today. This long-defunct railway is of interest as it was the world's first passenger-carrying monorail and the first railway line to open in Hertfordshire.[5][6]


The typical off-peak service of trains per hour (tph) is as follows:

Operator/line Frequency to destination
Greater Anglia 4 tph to London Liverpool Street (via Tottenham Hale)
2 tph to Hertford East
2 tph to Cambridge
2 tph to Stratford
London Overground 2 tph all stations to London Liverpool Street (via Seven Sisters)


Ticket barriers were installed in 2011. The through platforms (platforms 1 and 2) were extended to accommodate 12-coach trains in December 2011, though initially no 12-coach trains were scheduled to call.

The Liverpool Street–Cheshunt via Seven Sisters service is run by London Overground, after a change from Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2015. [7][8] All other services remain under Abellio, which also retains responsibility for the station management.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Transport for London. "National Rail | Transport for London". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  3. ^ Brown, Joe, London Railway Atlas, page 5, Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
  4. ^ White, H.P., A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 3 Greater London, David & Charles, 1987
  5. ^ Finchley Society (26 June 1997). "Finchley Society Annual General Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  6. ^ Today in Science History. "June 25 - Today in Science History". Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  7. ^ TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  8. ^ TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014

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