Cheshunt railway station

Cheshunt London Overground National Rail

The station in January 2008, after rebuilding works completed 2006
Location of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
Location Cheshunt
Local authority Borough of Broxbourne
Grid reference TL366022
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Owner Network Rail
Station code CHN
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 8
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Increase 1.590 million[1]
– interchange  Increase 0.135 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 1.716 million[1]
– interchange  Increase 0.147 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 1.915 million[1]
– interchange  Increase 0.182 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 2.022 million[1]
– interchange  Increase 0.237 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 2.141 million[1]
– interchange  Steady 0.237 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company Northern and Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
31 May 1846 Original station opened
1 October 1891 Station resited
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°42′11″N 0°01′26″W / 51.703°N 0.024°W / 51.703; -0.024Coordinates: 51°42′11″N 0°01′26″W / 51.703°N 0.024°W / 51.703; -0.024
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Cheshunt railway station serves the town of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, England. It is on the West Anglia Main Line and the Lea Valley Lines, and train services are provided by Greater Anglia and London Overground.

Former franchise holder National Express East Anglia fulfilled a franchise commitment to extend the bay platform at Cheshunt to accommodate 8-coach trains (previously it could only accommodate up to 6 coaches). The works also involved replacing all existing station buildings, and replacing the station footbridge. Construction commenced in December 2005 and was largely complete by August 2006.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Cheshunt station (along with Waltham Cross, the next southbound station) was the main access point for the Broxbourne whitewater canoe and kayak slalom.

An Oyster Card extension to Cheshunt station was introduced on 2 January 2013, with the station in Travelcard zone 8.[2]


The railway line from Stratford to Broxbourne was opened by the Northern & Eastern Railway on 15 September 1840. Cheshunt station itself was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1846.[3]

The lines from Hackney Downs to Bishop's Stortford and Hertford East, including those through Cheshunt station, were electrified on 21 November 1960. The lines south from Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale were not electrified until 5 May 1969.[4]

The station in January 2006, just after the start of renovation work (now complete).

A railway existed in Cheshunt before the station and the main line from London were originally opened in the 1840s. The horse-drawn Cheshunt Railway was opened on 26 June 1825. Based on a design by Henry Robinson Palmer, this line ran for 0.75 mi (1.21 km) from the town's High Street to the River Lea, near where Cheshunt station is today. This long-defunct railway is of interest as it was the world's first passenger-carrying monorail and the first railway line to open in Hertfordshire.[5][6]

Facilities and services

Ticket barriers were installed in 2011. The through platforms (platforms 1 and 2) were extended to accommodate 12-coach trains in December 2011, though initially no 12-coach trains were scheduled to call.

The Liverpool Street–Cheshunt via Seven Sisters service is run by London Overground, after a change from Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2015. [7][8] All other services remain under Abellio, which also retains responsibility for the station management.

The typical off-peak service is:


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. Transport for London. "National Rail | Transport for London". Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  3. Brown, Joe, London Railway Atlas, page 5, Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
  4. White, H.P., A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 3 Greater London, David & Charles, 1987
  5. Finchley Society (1997-06-26). "Finchley Society Annual General Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  6. Today in Science History. "June 25 - Today in Science History". Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  7. TFL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services Transport for London 28 May 2014
  8. TfL count on LOROL for support Rail Professional 28 May 2014
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Tottenham Hale
or Waltham Cross
  Abellio Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
Waltham Cross or Edmonton Green   Abellio Greater Anglia
Lea Valley Lines
Tottenham Hale   Abellio Greater Anglia
Stansted Express
  Stansted Airport
London Overground
Theobalds Grove   Lea Valley Lines
Cheshunt line
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail   Following station
Line 2
towards Hertford East
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