Highbury & Islington station

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Highbury & Islington
Location of Highbury & Islington in Greater London
Location Highbury & Islington
Local authority London Borough of Islington
Managed by London Underground [1]
London Overground (surface platforms only) [2]
Station codeHHY
DfT category C2 (Great Northern platforms)
F1 (London Overground)
Number of platforms8
AccessibleYes (Overground platforms only)
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2017Decrease2.svg 20.09 million [3]
2018Decrease2.svg 17.89 million [4]
2019Decrease2.svg 17.50 million [5]
2020Decrease2.svg 8.22 million [6]
2021Increase2.svg 8.34 million [7]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Decrease2.svg 29.508 million [8]
– interchange Increase2.svg 5.220 million [8]
2018–19Increase2.svg 30.440 million [8]
– interchange Decrease2.svg 3.964 million [8]
2019–20Decrease2.svg 29.399 million [8]
– interchange Decrease2.svg 3.397 million [8]
2020–21Decrease2.svg 8.661 million [8]
– interchange Decrease2.svg 1.116 million [8]
2021–22Increase2.svg 17.816 million [8]
– interchange Increase2.svg 2.193 million [8]
Key dates
26 September 1850Opened (NLR)
28 June 1904Opened (GN&CR)
1 September 1968Opened (Victoria line)
1975Closed (Northern line (Highbury branch))
1976Opened (Northern City Line)
February 2010Overground platforms rebuilt
1 June 2010North London Line platforms re-opened
March 2011East London Line platforms opened
Other information
External links
WGS84 51°32′45″N0°06′18″W / 51.5458°N 0.1050°W / 51.5458; -0.1050 Coordinates: 51°32′45″N0°06′18″W / 51.5458°N 0.1050°W / 51.5458; -0.1050
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Highbury & Islington is a London Underground and National Rail interchange station in the London Borough of Islington, north London. It is served by the London Underground's Victoria line and the Great Northern's Northern City Line, as well as the London Overground's East and North London Lines. [9]

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On the Victoria line the station is between Finsbury Park and King's Cross St Pancras. On the Northern City Line it is between Essex Road and Drayton Park, 2 miles 21 chains (3.6 km) down the line from Moorgate. On the North London Line of the Overground it is between Caledonian Road & Barnsbury and Canonbury. It is the terminus of the East London Line, with Canonbury the preceding station.

It is the 6th busiest station in the UK with over 30 million people a year using it in 2018/19 according to Office of Rail and Road statistics.

The station is in Travelcard Zone 2. [10]

History

The Horne station building, pictured in 1873 Islington-and-Highbury-Station-1873.jpg
The Horne station building, pictured in 1873

The current station derives from two earlier stations. The first, which was on the same site, was a Victorian-gothic building, designed by Edwin Henry Horne, with a drive-in forecourt, opened on 26 September 1850 by the North London Railway (NLR) and called 'Islington'. Following reconstruction, it was renamed 'Highbury & Islington' on 1 July 1872. [11] [12]

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The GN&CR building (1904)

The second station, on the opposite side of Holloway Road, was opened on 28 June 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway (GN&CR) on its underground line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate. Opened as 'Highbury', it was renamed to 'Highbury & Islington' on 20 July 1922. [13] This line and stations were operated by the Metropolitan Railway and its successors from 1913 until 1975 when the line, by then called the Northern City Line, was transferred to British Rail. The route is now operated by Great Northern.

The NLR station was damaged by a V-1 flying bomb on 27 June 1944; however, its main building remained in use until it was demolished in the 1960s during the building of the Victoria line. The original westbound platform buildings remain, as does a small part of the original entrance to the left of the present station entrance.

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The 1960s building

The present single-storey structure was built in the 1960s for the opening of the Victoria line on 1 September 1968 and is the entrance for all lines. [14] When the escalators to the deep-level platforms were opened, the GN&CR station building was closed. Its disused entrance remains and was refurbished externally in 2006 – it houses signalling equipment for the Victoria line. [15]

The Victoria line was built to give as many interchanges as possible with Underground and British Rail lines, with, wherever possible, cross-platform connection between different lines heading in the same direction. To this end, at Highbury & Islington the northbound Northern City Line platform was reallocated to the southbound Victoria line to give a direct link between the two southbound platforms; a new northbound platform was constructed for each line; the northbound running NCL tunnel was diverted to its new platform; and the southbound Victoria line tunnel was joined to the old northbound NCL tunnel.

Between 14 May 1979 and 11 May 1985 the station was served by the Crosstown Linkline diesel multiple unit service between to Camden Road and North Woolwich.

The former train operating company Anglia Railways ran services known as London Crosslink from Norwich to Basingstoke via Stratford, which called at Highbury & Islington. This service operated from 2000 until 2002.

To allow new four-car trains to run on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford was closed between February and May 2010 while a new signalling system was installed and 30 platforms were extended. During this closure, the Highbury & Islington station ticket hall was extended and step-free access installed on all of the London Overground platforms. The North London Line reopened on 1 June 2010; however, the East London Line platforms did not open until March 2011, whilst the Western Curve was reinstated, linking the station to Dalston Junction and the rest of the East London Line. [16]

Platforms

Highbury & Islington has a total of eight platforms, divided between those that are on the surface and those that are deep level:

Surface platforms

Platforms for North London Line (NLL) and East London Line (ELL) services are operated by London Overground. On 1 June 2010, following the temporary closure of the route from February 2010 to May 2010, NLL services were rerouted to the newly built platforms 7 and 8 for the AC lines, which replaced the old "special use" platform. Platforms 1 and 2, which previously served the NLL route on third rail lines, were closed from February 2010 for reconstruction and reopened in 2011 for the ELL services. The change of platforms allows ELL services to operate without having to cross over NLL tracks. An island platform provides platforms 2 and 7; platforms 1 and 8 are side platforms. When the ELL extension to Clapham Junction was first instituted in December 2012, trains ran through to Clapham Junction from this station throughout the week. Following a timetable change in December 2014, they only do so on Sundays, with West Croydon the second destination served alongside Crystal Palace on weekdays & Saturdays.

Deep-level platforms

Platforms 3 to 6 are deep-level platforms. Platforms 3 and 5 are used for services on the Victoria line; 4 and 6 are used for Northern City Line services.

Services

London Overground

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London Overground Class 378 in 2019

All times below are correct as of May 2016.

East London Line

Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 6–9 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 15 minutes, changing after that to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service. [17]

North London Line

Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 7–8 minutes throughout the morning and evening peaks, changing to roughly every 10 minutes off-peak. On Saturdays the service is approximately every 10 minutes. Sunday services are similar in frequency to the services on Saturdays. [18]

Great Northern

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Great Northern Class 313 in 2017

Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 4–15 minutes until 10:00, when the frequency is every 10 minutes until 16:00, when the frequency again changes to between every 4–15 minutes until the end of service. [19] Prior to December 2015, weekend and evening services were diverted to Kings Cross from Finsbury Park. [20] Northbound trains run alternately to Welwyn Garden City and to Hertford North, with hourly extensions to Letchworth on weekdays and Stevenage at weekends.

London Underground

Victoria line

Westbound there is a service every 2–5 minutes all day, all week. Eastbound there are services every 2–8 minutes all day, all week. [21] [22]

Preceding station Underground no-text.svg London Underground Following station
King's Cross St Pancras
towards Brixton
Victoria line Finsbury Park
Preceding station Overground notextroundel.svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground Following station
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury North London line Canonbury
towards Stratford
Terminus East London line Canonbury
Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Former Service
Camden Road or
West Hampstead
  Anglia Railways
London Crosslink
  Stratford
Preceding station Underground no-text.svg London Underground Following station
Drayton Park
towards Finsbury Park
Metropolitan line
Northern City Branch
(1913-39)
Essex Road
towards Moorgate
Northern line
Northern City branch
(1939-64)
Drayton Park
Terminus
Northern line
Northern City branch
(1964-75)
Abandoned plans
Drayton Park Northern line Essex Road
towards Moorgate

Connections

London Buses routes 4, 19, 30, 43, 271 and 393 and night routes N19 and N41 serve the station.

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