Huntingdon railway station
Huntingdon railway station (formerly known as Huntingdon North) serves the town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, England. It is on the East Coast Main Line, 58 miles 70 chains (94.75 km) from London King's Cross, and has three platforms: one bay and two through platforms. Huntingdon is managed and served by Great Northern. During engineering works or periods of disruption London North Eastern Railway services sometimes call at Huntingdon, but there is no regular London North Eastern Railway service from the station.
|Local authority||District of Huntingdonshire|
|Managed by||Great Northern|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|7 August 1850||Station opens as Huntingdon|
|1 July 1923||Station renamed Huntingdon North|
|15 June 1964||Station renamed Huntingdon|
|1976||Station rebuild began|
|11 May 1987||First electric service from rebuilt station|
|2005||Station building subject to partial rebuild|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Huntingdon from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
When originally opened by the Great Northern Railway on 7 August 1850, the station was just named Huntingdon, however, from 1 July 1923 until 15 June 1965 the station was known as Huntingdon North to distinguish it from the nearby Huntingdon East on the line between Cambridge and Kettering via St Ives. The latter closed to passenger traffic in June 1959, along with the line.
From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s the station was slowly rebuilt, going from a station with one platform connected to the ticket office and an island platform to an electrified station with the main platform, a bay platform as well as a separate platform for the slow line. The reason for this was that pre-1976, only three tracks went through the station causing a major bottleneck in the area.
From 1977, when King's Cross suburban electric services were introduced, until the main line to Peterborough was electrified in 1988, local services were provided by a diesel multiple-unit shuttle from Hitchin that started and terminated here – passengers for stations further south had to change at Hitchin onto the King's Cross–Royston outer suburban electric service. Certain East Coast main line services between London, Doncaster and York or Hull stopped here to provide onward connections for through passengers and offer direct trains to the capital. There were also a number of King's Cross–Peterborough through trains for commuters at peak times. Once electrification began, stops by longer-distance trains were gradually removed and had ceased by the time British Rail was privatised in 1995, as can be seen from the East Coast Main Line timetable of that era.
The station sustained an arson attack in 2005. Much of the station roof had to be rebuilt, as did the booking hall.
Huntingdon is staffed for most of the day. Automatic ticket barriers have been installed, as part of a wider programme by the former franchisee, First Capital Connect, to place them across large parts of the network as a revenue-protecting and security exercise. The station has three touch-screen ticket machines.
There are toilet facilities at the station, as well as shelters on all platforms. The combined newsagent and buffet on the London-bound platform closed in August 2017, and new tenants are being sought. Vending machines are available on both platforms.
There is a taxi rank directly outside the entrance to the London-bound platforms. A considerable amount of parking space is provided adjacent to both platforms.
Huntingdon station is served by Thameslink services between Horsham and Peterborough via Blackfriars and St Pancras, every half hour in both directions. On Sunday, trains run hourly to King's Cross.
There are also extra services operated by Great Northern during the weekday peak that only stop at St Neots, or at St Neots, Biggleswade and Stevenage, then are fast to King's Cross. These services usually take around 40–45 minutes to King's Cross.
During times of engineering work in the Hitchin area, Huntingdon can operate as the terminus for London North Eastern Railway services from Scotland and the north-east of England, which are normally destined for King's Cross. A rail replacement service usually runs from Huntingdon to Biggleswade or Stevenage to connect with services to or from London King's Cross. Huntingdon is also used as a stop for London North Eastern Railway services if Peterborough cannot be used.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Great Northern Peterborough Line
Peterborough to Horsham
Line open, station closed
|Great Northern Railway||
Line open, station closed
A bus concourse adjacent to the station is served by Stagecoach East Busway B, Whippet 477 and Whippet 45.
- Padgett, David (October 2016) . Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 15C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
- Mitchell, Vic; Mott, Allan (2003). Hitchin to Peterborough. Midhurst: Middleton Press. volume I, pic. 64,65. ISBN 1-904474-07-1.
- GB National Rail Timetable May 1982 Edition, Tables 25 and 26
- Trainline Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- Table 25 National Rail timetable, May 2017
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