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Elstree & Borehamwood railway station

Elstree & Borehamwood railway station is a railway station in the town of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. It primarily serves Borehamwood as well as the nearby village of Elstree, 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the south-west.[3] The station is situated on the Midland Main Line, 12 miles 35 chains (20.0 km) down the line from London St Pancras and is situated between Mill Hill Broadway to the south and Radlett to the north. Its three-letter station code is ELS.

Elstree & Borehamwood National Rail
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Elstree & Borehamwood is located in Hertfordshire
Elstree & Borehamwood
Elstree & Borehamwood
Location of Elstree & Borehamwood in Hertfordshire
Local authorityBorough of Hertsmere
Managed byThameslink
Station codeELS
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 3.616 million[1]
2014–15Increase 4.044 million[1]
2015–16Decrease 3.382 million[1]
2016–17Decrease 3.248 million[1]
2017–18Increase 3.334 million[1]
Key dates
13 July 1868Opened as "Elstree"[2]
1 June 1869Renamed "Elstree and Boreham Wood"[2]
1 April 1904Renamed "Elstree"[2]
21 September 1953Renamed "Elstree and Borehamwood"[2]
6 May 1974Renamed "Elstree"[2]
5 May 1988Renamed "Elstree and Borehamwood"[2]
Other information
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WGS8451°39′11″N 0°16′49″W / 51.6531°N 0.2802°W / 51.6531; -0.2802Coordinates: 51°39′11″N 0°16′49″W / 51.6531°N 0.2802°W / 51.6531; -0.2802
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Up local train in 1954
A Garratt on an Up coal train in 1954

Elstree & Borehamwood is also the first station down the line that is located outside of the Greater London area. However, it is still within London's Travelcard zone area, and is located in Zone 6.

The station is served by Thameslink-operated trains on the Thameslink route.



In 1862:

"The London and Midland Junction Railway Bill is here referred to as providing for a new line of Railway into the metropolis. It commences from the Midland Railway at Hitchin, passes by St. Albans, Elstree, Edgware, Finchley and Highgate, and terminates by a junction with the Metropolitan Underground Railway at King's Cross, previously throwing out a Branch to the Cattle Market at Copenhagen Fields."[4]

On 22 June 1863, the Midland Railway (Extension to London) Bill was passed:

"An Act for the Construction by the Midland Railway Company of a new Line of Railway between London and Bedford, with Branches therefrom; and for other Purpose".[5]

Situated north of the Elstree Tunnels, it was built by the Midland Railway as simply "Elstree" in 1868 when it built its extension to St Pancras station. By the 1920s, it had been renamed Elstree and Boreham Wood station.[6] It was modernised in 1959.[7] The station was renamed from Elstree & Borehamwood to Elstree on 6 May 1974,[8] but reverted to Elstree & Borehamwood by mid 1988.[citation needed]

A new footbridge and step-free lifts, installed under Network Rail's Access for All programme, opened on 1 October 2014 in order to make Elstree & Borehamwood entirely step-free.[9]

The "London LOOP" walk passes close to the station on its way from Stanmore to High Barnet.

The station is a PlusBus destination where buses can be used from the station to the surrounding area by requesting a ticket to "Elstree & Borehamwood Plus Bus"


The typical off-peak service from the station is four trains per hour southbound to London, Wimbledon and Sutton, and four trains per hour northbound, of which two terminate at St Albans and two run on to Luton. On Sundays this is reduced to two trains per hour in both directions. Peak-hour services run on to Bedford. Night services operate to Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges and Brighton.

East Midlands Trains InterCity services from Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with InterCity services can be made at Luton Airport Parkway or Luton and St Pancras International.

In March 2009, Southeastern and Thameslink began running some peak-hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,[10] though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town.

Service patternsEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Radlett   Thameslink
  Mill Hill Broadway


Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network started calling at the station from 2015, although the existing Sutton Loop trains will continue even though they were originally to have been withdrawn. As well as terminating at Sutton, trains now also terminate at Rainham in Kent.[11][12]

In advance of the current franchisee taking on the route, a factsheet stated that from 2018 there would be an increase in stopping services to St. Albans on Sundays.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  3. ^ Yonge, John (March 2005) [1990]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 4: Midlands & North West (2nd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 2A. ISBN 0-9549866-0-1.
  4. ^ "Railway in the metropolis and suburbs", Accounts and papers of the House of Commons, Publ. House of Commons, 1862 (page 22)
  5. ^ "Local and Personal Acts", The Sessional Papers Printed by Order of The House of the Lords Or Presented by Royal Command in the Session 1863, Published 1863 (page 119)
  6. ^ The municipal year book of the United Kingdom, Publisher Municipal Journal., 1927. (page 438)
  7. ^ Radford, B., (1983)Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  8. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Train Times - Thameslink Route (PDF). First Capital Connect. March – May 2009. p. 52. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  11. ^ "Thameslink Programme - FAQ". Archived from the original on 9 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Factsheet 3 : Thameslink-Central London to Beford route" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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