St Albans City railway station
St Albans City railway station, also known simply as St Albans, is one of two railway stations serving the city of St Albans in Hertfordshire, England (the other being St Albans Abbey). The "City" station is the more important of the two, as it is on the better-connected Midland Main Line 19 miles 71 chains (32.0 km) from London St Pancras, being served by Thameslink trains on the Thameslink route.
|St Albans City|
Exterior of the main building on Station Way
|Local authority||City of St Albans|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|– Interchange||0.110 million|
|Key dates||Opened 1 October 1868|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Albans City from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Railway stations in St Albans
The station was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St Pancras. Formerly, St Albans was famous for producing watercress which was sent in 56-pound (25 kg) lots to London and Manchester.
The other station, St Albans Abbey, was built by the London and North Western Railway in 1858. There was originally a further station called London Road, built by the Hatfield and St Albans Railway in 1863 to connect with the Great Northern Railway.
The station has four platforms, two for each direction: one "fast" and one "slow". The main entrance, ticket office, multi-storey car park, taxi rank and bus connections are on Station Way, east of the station. There is a second exit to the west, to a small surface car park off Ridgmont Road and Victoria Street, located at the original entrance to the station. A larger surface car park to the east of the railway lines gained planning permission in 2003, in connection with a large residential development.
There are ticket barriers at both entrances.
The station participates in the Plusbus scheme where combined train and bus tickets can be bought at a reduced price.
There is also a newsagent and refreshment shops. Just outside the station there is a flower stall.
St Albans South signal box has been restored at the station and has been opened as a visitor attraction by the St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust.
As of May 2018 the typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:
- 4tph to Bedford
- 2tph to Luton
- 2tph to Brighton via Gatwick Airport
- 2tph to Gatwick Airport via Redhill
- 2tph to Rainham via Greenwich & Dartford
- 2tph to Sutton via Wimbledon
- 2tph to Sutton via Mitcham Junction
The service in the late nights is a Thameslink service from Bedford to Three Bridges stopping at all stations to London St Pancras International
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
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