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Hornsey railway station is on the Great Northern Route that forms part of the East Coast Main Line, located in Hornsey in the London Borough of Haringey, north London. It is 4 mileschains (6.5 km) down the line from London King's Cross and is situated between Harringay to the south and Alexandra Palace to the north.[2]

Hornsey National Rail
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The southbound platform of the station and adjacent TMD.
Hornsey is located in Greater London
Location of Hornsey in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Haringey
Managed byGreat Northern
Station codeHRN
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 1.238 million[1]
2014–15Increase 1.352 million[1]
2015–16Increase 1.535 million[1]
2016–17Increase 1.675 million[1]
2017–18Increase 1.743 million[1]
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WGS8451°35′10″N 0°06′42″W / 51.5862°N 0.1116°W / 51.5862; -0.1116Coordinates: 51°35′10″N 0°06′42″W / 51.5862°N 0.1116°W / 51.5862; -0.1116
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It is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station is managed by Great Northern on behalf of Network Rail, and is situated next to the Hornsey train maintenance depot. It was built in 1850 on the Great Northern Railway.

The New River canal flows to the east of the station.



The station was opened on 7 August 1850 by the Great Northern Railway (GNR),[3] the same day that the main line between Peterborough and London (Maiden Lane) was opened.[4]

Under plans approved in 1897, the station was to be served by the Great Northern and Strand Railway (GN&SR), a tube railway supported by the GNR which would have run underground beneath the GNR's tracks from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park and then into central London. The GN&SR stations on each side would have been the same as the main line stations. The GN&SR route and stations north of Finsbury Park were cancelled in 1902 when the GN&SR was taken over by Charles Yerkes' consortium which planned to merge it with the Brompton and Piccadilly Circus Railway to form the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway from Finsbury Park to Hammersmith (now part of the London Underground's Piccadilly line).[5]


Hornsey currently has the following National Rail services off-peak (all operated by Great Northern) typically formed of Class 717 units:

Weekday services

Weekend services:

No National Rail trains operated to Moorgate at weekends or after 10pm prior to the December 2015 timetable change, instead being diverted to King's Cross. Franchise operator Great Northern introduced late night & weekend services to the Moorgate branch from 13 December 2015. Only a small number of late night and early morning trains to/from Kings Cross now stop here.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Great Northern
  Future Development  
Harringay   Thameslink
  Alexandra Palace
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station     London Underground   Following station
towards Strand
  Great Northern & Strand   Wood Green


Future developmentsEdit


  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. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 14B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 123. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 135. CN 8983.
  5. ^ Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2005). London's Lost Tube Schemes. Capital Transport. pp. 77 and 138. ISBN 1-85414-293-3.

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