Brent Cross West railway station

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Brent Cross West National Rail
Cricklewood railway depot (geograph 4333742).jpg
Proposed site of the new station at
Cricklewood railway depot
Brent Cross West is located in Greater London
Brent Cross West
Brent Cross West
Location of Brent Cross West in Greater London
Location Brent Cross
Local authority London Borough of Barnet
Managed by Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise holder
Owner Network Rail (assumed)
Number of platforms 5[1]
Accessible Yes
Other information
WGS84 51°34′07″N 0°13′37″W / 51.5687°N 0.2269°W / 51.5687; -0.2269Coordinates: 51°34′07″N 0°13′37″W / 51.5687°N 0.2269°W / 51.5687; -0.2269
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Brent Cross West[2] formerly Brent Cross South[3] / Thameslink / Parkway[4] is a planned railway station on the Thameslink route on the Midland Main Line. It will serve Brent Cross and the northern parts of Cricklewood and Dollis Hill areas of north London and the proposal is part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood development, which also sees an investment to Cricklewood station further down the line.[5] The station is set for opening in 2022.[2]

The planned site

The station is planned to be on the current Cricklewood TMD (traction maintenance depot) which is used by East Midlands Railway and Thameslink, between existing Cricklewood and Hendon stations. The depot would be moved slightly south onto a bigger site.[6]

Following the expansion of the Thameslink network under the Thameslink Programme, longer 12-carriage trains from south of the River Thames are now able to operate on the northern section and Brent Cross station will be constructed with longer platforms that can accommodate the longer train formations.[7]

Brent Cross Cricklewood development

Outline planning permission is for Brent Cross Cricklewood, a 14,000,000 square feet (1.3 km2) development of a new town centre in Brent Cross. The plan includes the new station and expanding jobs by around 27,000 and building 7,500 homes, expanding Brent Cross Shopping Centre a new hotel, cinema, a new bus station and new roads.[8]

Cricklewood station

The developers of the Brent Cross Cricklewood development have included in their project a plan to upgrade facilities at Cricklewood railway station which lies 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) south of the Brent Cross station site.[5] The platforms at Cricklewood cannot accommodate longer 12-car trains, but the new Brent Cross will be able to accommodate the longer trains.[9] Rumours that Cricklewood station would close when the new station opened have been refuted by the development company.[10]

Further plans

In 2017 a proposal to extend the London Overground network to Hendon via Brent Cross West was announced by the London Assembly and Transport for London.[11] The scheme, known as the West London Orbital envisages re-opening the Dudding Hill Line to passenger services and running trains from West Hampstead Thameslink and Hendon to Hounslow via the planned Old Oak Common Lane station. The plans are currently at public consultation stage with TfL.[12]

An earlier proposal to construct a light rail system serving Brent Cross, Harlesden and Brent Cross tube station was put forward in 2010, but the North and West London Light Railway scheme did not go ahead.[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
  Potential service  
Hendon   Thameslink


  1. ^ Brent Cross Cricklewood: New train station Archived 15 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 26 July 2013
  2. ^ a b "New Thameslink station to be named Brent Cross West -". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the first update on Brent Cross South" (PDF). Brent Cross South. July 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ APTU Newsletter Saturday 20 September 2014
  5. ^ a b Brent Cross Cricklewood: The benefits Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 20 December 2010
  6. ^ Brent Cross Crickelwood: Transport Archived 29 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 20 December 2010
  7. ^ Thameslink Programme: FAQs - Why aren't Kentish Town and Cricklewood platforms being extended? Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Brent Cross: Better Transport Archived 6 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Thameslink Programme - FAQ". Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  10. ^ Brent Cross Cricklewood: Myths about the project Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 20 December 2010
  11. ^ "Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018". London City Hall. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  12. ^ "West London Orbital". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

External links

  • "Thameslink to get a new station in North London". IanVisits. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  • "Brent Cross London: The Wider Masterplan". Hammerson plc/Aberdeen Standard Investments. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
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