Bowes Park railway station

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Bowes Park National Rail
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Bowes Park is located in Greater London
Bowes Park
Bowes Park
Location of Bowes Park in Greater London
Location Bowes Park
Local authority London Borough of Haringey
Managed by Great Northern
Station code BOP
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3 and 4
OSI Bounds Green[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 0.958 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 0.969 million[2]
2014–15 Decrease 0.959 million[2]
2015–16 Decrease 0.918 million[2]
2016–17 Decrease 0.870 million[2]
Key dates
1880 Opened
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WGS84 51°36′28″N 0°07′15″W / 51.6078°N 0.1209°W / 51.6078; -0.1209Coordinates: 51°36′28″N 0°07′15″W / 51.6078°N 0.1209°W / 51.6078; -0.1209
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Bowes Park railway station is in the London Borough of Haringey in north London, and is on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 3 and Travelcard Zone 4. It is 5 miles 55 chains (9.15 km) down the line from London King's Cross.[3] The station and all trains serving it are operated by Great Northern, on the Hertford Loop Line. It was first opened by the GNR in 1880, some nine years after the Loop Line itself was completed.

The station is a short walk from Bounds Green Underground station on the Piccadilly line, with which it is a valid out-of-station interchange. It has an unusual location in that it is situated between two quiet residential cul-de-sacs and is accessed from a footbridge over the railway line which divides those streets.

Bowes Park is the only station on the entire Hertford Loop with an island platform.

In autumn 2008, a new Shere FASTticket self-service ticket machine, accepting both cash and credit cards, was installed here (and similarly at other local First Capital Connect stations).

To the north of the station is a single siding in between the two running tracks which is occasionally used to turn around East Coast InterCity 225 and 125 trains heading for Bounds Green Depot just north of Alexandra Palace. A connection to the now disused GER Palace Gates Line whose terminus, Palace Gates (Wood Green), lay just to the south, was made in 1929.


The service runs to Moorgate via Highbury & Islington. The service uses Class 313 soon to be Class 717 EMUs, as these are the only units cleared to run in the tunnel section between Drayton Park and Moorgate stations.

The typical weekday off-peak service is 3 trains per hour to Moorgate, and 3 trains per hour to Hertford North, with one per hour extended to Letchworth Garden City via Stevenage. Some extra peak services start/finish at Gordon Hill On Saturdays & Sundays, the service is half-hourly each way (hourly to/from Stevenage).[4]

If there are rail works on the fast line via New Southgate, London North Eastern Railway, Hull Trains, Grand Central and Great Northern express services directly to the north and Cambridge are diverted via the Hertford Loop.

The following off-peak weekday services currently call at Bowes Park:

  • 1tph Great Northern service Moorgate - Letchworth Garden City (weekdays) / Moorgate - Stevenage (weekends)
  • 2tph Great Northern service Moorgate - Hertford North

From 2018, the pattern is due to change when Moorgate services via the Hertford loop are curtailed at Stevenage using a new terminating platform there:


  • Oyster pay and go has been accepted at the station since 2 January 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 24A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  4. ^ Table 24 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Oyster Card and National Rail, National Rail Enquiries Website Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Train times and station information for Bowes Park railway station from National Rail
  • The History of Bowes Park Railway station on local Community Website Bowes and Bounds Connected
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Alexandra Palace   Great Northern
Northern City Line
(Hertford Loop Line)
  Palmers Green
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