Elstree & Borehamwood railway station

Elstree & Borehamwood National Rail
Elstree & Borehamwood
Location of Elstree & Borehamwood in Hertfordshire
Location Borehamwood
Local authority Borough of Hertsmere
Managed by Thameslink
Station code ELS
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Decrease 3.007 million[1]
2011–12 Increase 3.112 million[1]
2012–13 Increase 3.234 million[1]
2013–14 Increase 3.616 million[1]
2014–15 Increase 4.044 million[1]
Key dates
13 July 1868 Opened as "Elstree"[2]
1 June 1869 Renamed "Elstree and Boreham Wood"[2]
1 April 1904 Renamed "Elstree"[2]
21 September 1953 Renamed "Elstree and Borehamwood"[2]
6 May 1974 Renamed "Elstree"[2]
5 May 1988 Renamed "Elstree and Borehamwood"[2]
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WGS84 51°39′11″N 0°16′49″W / 51.6531°N 0.2802°W / 51.6531; -0.2802Coordinates: 51°39′11″N 0°16′49″W / 51.6531°N 0.2802°W / 51.6531; -0.2802
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Up local train in 1954
A Garratt on an Up coal train in 1954

Elstree & Borehamwood railway station is in the Hertsmere district of Hertfordshire located 12 miles 35 chains (20.0 km) north of London St Pancras.[3] The station lies on the Midland Main Line and is served by Thameslink on the Thameslink route. It is in Travelcard Zone 6. It serves the village of Elstree and the town of Borehamwood, where it is located.


In 1862:

"The London and Midland Junction Railway Bill is here referred to as providing for a new line of Railway into the metropolis. It commences from the Midland Railway at Hitchin, passes by St. Albans, Elstree, Edgware, Finchley and Highgate, and terminates by a junction with the Metropolitan Underground Railway at King's Cross, previously throwing out a Branch to the Cattle Market at Copenhagen Fields."[4]

On 22 June 1863, the Midland Railway (Extension to London) Bill was passed:

"An Act for the Construction by the Midland Railway Company of a new Line of Railway between London and Bedford, with Branches therefrom; and for other Purpose".[5]

Situated north of the Elstree Tunnels, it was built by the Midland Railway as simply "Elstree" in 1868 when it built its extension to St Pancras station. By the 1920s, it had been renamed Elstree and Boreham Wood station.[6] It was modernised in 1959.[7] The station was renamed from Elstree & Borehamwood to Elstree on 6 May 1974,[8] but reverted to Elstree & Borehamwood by mid 1988.

A new footbridge and step-free lifts, installed under Network Rail's Access for All programme are due to open on 1 October 2014. The scheme, much delayed after originally being programmed to open in March 2014, has caused much angst within the community.[9]

The "London LOOP" walk passes close to the station on its way from Stanmore to High Barnet.

The station has a PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together for a cheaper price.


The typical off-peak service from the station is four trains per hour southbound to London, Wimbledon and Sutton, and four trains per hour northbound, of which two terminate at St Albans and two run to Luton. On Sundays this is further reduced to two trains per hour in both directions. Peak services run on to Bedford, with night services running to Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges and Brighton.

East Midlands Trains InterCity services from Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with InterCity services can be made at Luton Airport Parkway or Luton and St Pancras International.

In March 2009, Southeastern and Thameslink began running some peak hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,[10] though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town.

Service patterns

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Radlett   Thameslink
  Mill Hill Broadway


Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network may call at the station from 2015, although the existing Sutton Loop trains will continue even though they were originally to have been withdrawn.[11]

In advance of the current franchisee taking on the route, a factsheet stated that from 2018 there would be an increase in stopping services to St. Albans on Sundays.[12]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
  3. Yonge, John (March 2005) [1990]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 4: Midlands & North West (2nd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 2A. ISBN 0-9549866-0-1.
  4. "Railway in the metropolis and suburbs", Accounts and papers of the House of Commons, Publ. House of Commons, 1862 (page 22)
  5. "Local and Personal Acts", The Sessional Papers Printed by Order of The House of the Lords Or Presented by Royal Command in the Session 1863, Published 1863 (page 119)
  6. The municipal year book of the United Kingdom, Publisher Municipal Journal., 1927. (page 438)
  7. Radford, B., (1983)Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  8. Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  9. http://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/11493243.Railway_station_lifts_due_to_open_next_Wednesday/
  10. Train Times - Thameslink Route (PDF). First Capital Connect. March–May 2009. p. 52. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  11. "Thameslink Programme - FAQ". Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  12. "Factsheet 3 : Thameslink-Central London to Beford route" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2014.
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