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Hertford North railway station is one of two stations serving the town of Hertford in Hertfordshire, England, the other being Hertford East railway station.

Hertford North National Rail
The street-level entrance to the station
Hertford North is located in Hertfordshire
Hertford North
Hertford North
Location of Hertford North in Hertfordshire
Local authorityDistrict of East Hertfordshire
Grid referenceTL316128
Managed byGreat Northern
Station codeHFN
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms3
Fare zoneB
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 1.373 million[1]
2014–15Increase 1.429 million[1]
2015–16Increase 1.520 million[1]
2016–17Increase 1.616 million[1]
2017–18Increase 1.669 million[1]
– interchange  3,976[1]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon and North Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
2 June 1924Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°47′56″N 0°05′30″W / 51.7988°N 0.0918°W / 51.7988; -0.0918Coordinates: 51°47′56″N 0°05′30″W / 51.7988°N 0.0918°W / 51.7988; -0.0918
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View southwards from the Down platform in 1959

Hertford North is about ten minutes walk from the town centre in North Road and opened on 2 June 1924, replacing the similarly named station (known until 1923 as Hertford Cowbridge) on the branch from Hatfield.[2] It is 19 miles 48 chains (31.54 km) down the line from London King's Cross on the Hertford Loop Line[3] which provides a diversion from the East Coast Main Line from Alexandra Palace to Langley Junction just south of Stevenage. Stations on the line include Stevenage, Watton-at-Stone, Bayford and Cuffley. Trains on this line are run by Great Northern. It has one terminal and two through platforms and features a lift, a small shop, two ticket booths and ticket barriers.


From Monday to Friday there are 4 southbound trains per hour terminating at Moorgate; northbound there are two trains per hour to Watton at Stone, with one of those continuing to Stevenage.

At weekends the southbound service has 2tph, while the northbound service is hourly to Stevenage.

The services to London are operated by British Rail Class 313s (soon to be Class 717) and diverted trains when there are engineering works on the East Coast Main Line also run along this line.

Late evening weekday & all weekend services formerly ran to/from King's Cross (as the Great Northern & City branch was closed at these times), but since the December 2015 timetable change they now serve Moorgate all week (save for the first early morning departure Mon-Sat, which still serves King's Cross).[4]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Bayford   Great Northern
Hertford Loop Line
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  London and North Eastern Railway
Northern City Line (Hertford Loop Line)
Line open, station closed

Platform usesEdit

Platform 1 is mainly used for trains to Moorgate, originating in Letchworth Garden City or Stevenage, but can also be used for trains to Letchworth Garden City or Stevenage. Platform 2 is mainly used for trains originating in London proceeding north to Letchworth Garden City or Stevenage, although some trains terminate there before returning to London. Platform 3 is a bay platform used only as a terminus for trains from London.

Proposed developmentsEdit

Some options of the proposed East West Rail involve reopening a route between Hertford East railway station and Hertford North railway station.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 119. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  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. ^ "Office of Rail Regulation December 2015 Timetable Changes" (PDF). 11 December 2015, Retrieved 7 July 2017
  5. ^ "East West Rail Central Section - Operating Case Discussion Paper" (PDF). 9 February 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.

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