Alexandra Palace National Rail
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The station buildings at street level
Alexandra Palace is located in Greater London
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace
Location of Alexandra Palace in Greater London
LocationWood Green
Local authorityLondon Borough of Haringey
Managed byGreat Northern
Station codeAAP
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 1.622 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 55,830[1]
2017–18Increase 1.770 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 53,512[1]
2018–19Increase 1.844 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 53,381[1]
2019–20Decrease 1.736 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 53,005[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.409 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 23,507[1]
Key dates
1 May 1859Opened as Wood Green
1 August 1864Renamed Wood Green (Alexandra Park)
18 March 1971Renamed Wood Green
17 May 1982Renamed Alexandra Palace
Other information
External links
WGS8451°35′54″N 0°07′11″W / 51.5983°N 0.1197°W / 51.5983; -0.1197Coordinates: 51°35′54″N 0°07′11″W / 51.5983°N 0.1197°W / 51.5983; -0.1197
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Alexandra Palace railway station is on the Great Northern Route that forms part of the East Coast Main Line, and takes its name from the nearby Alexandra Palace in the London Borough of Haringey, north London. It is 4 miles 78 chains (8.0 km) down the line from London King's Cross and is situated between Hornsey and either New Southgate on the main line or Bowes Park on the Hertford Loop Line which diverges from the main line just north of Alexandra Palace.[2]

It is in Travelcard Zone 3. All trains serving it are operated by Great Northern.

It is the only surviving station of three that have served Alexandra Palace. A former station also named Alexandra Palace, sited actually at the venue, was on the Highgate-Alexandra Palace Line, while Palace Gates (Wood Green) station was on the Palace Gates Line.

Just outside the station to the north is Bounds Green train depot, used for storage and maintenance of the high-speed trains used on the main line. A line adjacent to the station platforms is used by shunters moving carriages and engines around in the depot.

It is proposed that the station should be a terminus on Crossrail 2.[3]

History

The station was opened by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) on 1 May 1859 as Wood Green, being renamed to Wood Green (Alexandra Park) in 1864.[4] The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station reverted to its original name of Wood Green on 18 March 1971, but was again renamed, this time to Alexandra Palace, on 17 May 1982.[5]

Under plans approved in 1897, the station was to be the northern terminus for the Great Northern and Strand Railway (GN&SR), a tube railway supported by the GNR which would have run underground beneath the GNR's tracks to Finsbury Park and then into central London. The next GN&SR station to the south would have been Hornsey. The GN&SR route and stations north of Finsbury Park were cancelled in 1902 when the GN&SR was taken over by Charles Yerkes' consortium which planned to merge it with the Brompton and Piccadilly Circus Railway to form the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway from Finsbury Park to Hammersmith (now part of the London Underground's Piccadilly line).[6]

When sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Rail.

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). Oyster card readers were installed at the station during 2008 and activated on 2 January 2010 for use with the Oyster Pay As You Go System.

In May 2013 it was announced that the station would be a terminus on the latest proposed route for Crossrail 2.[7]

Station layout

Looking north from the footbridge
Looking north from the footbridge

The station has old buildings on Buckingham Road, which house a refreshment kiosk and ticket machines, with a modern footbridge connection to the platforms and across the tracks to Bedford Road. On the platforms there are only rudimentary modern buildings for public use.

On 9 December 2012 the old platforms 1 and 2 were closed for reconstruction. A temporary new platform 1 was provided to the east of the up slow line. All up (London-bound) trains which stop (served from either the Welwyn or Hertford directions) did so at this platform face. On 2 April 2013 the reconstructed platform 1 opened, on the west of the up slow line as before, now numbered as platform 2. This new platform is narrower than the former and the track has been moved to the west. The old platform 2 is permanently closed and has a fence along the edge. This work is part of a scheme to provide greater segregation of stopping, semi-fast and high-speed services in the section between Alexandra Palace and Finsbury Park, to allow a greater quantum of services.

The up fast line now has no platform face at this station. The down fast is a through road, without a platform face. Platforms 3 and 4 are faces on an island platform and provide for northbound local services. Platform 3 is used by northbound trains on the ECML down slow line and trains on the Hertford Loop Line use platform 4. Trains to/from Hertford must use the outer platform lines.

Connections

London Buses routes 184 and W3 serve the station.[8]

Services

A Class 313 at Alexandra Palace on its way to Stevenage via Hertford.
A Class 313 at Alexandra Palace on its way to Stevenage via Hertford.

Alexandra Palace currently has the following National Rail services off-peak (all operated by Great Northern) which are served by Class 717 trains:

Weekday services[9]

Weekend services:

Other Great Northern services between Peterborough, Cambridge, King's Lynn and London often pass through the station non-stop, as do all London North Eastern Railway, Hull Trains and Grand Central services between London and the North/Scotland. Northbound trains usually use the central line, away from the platforms, while southbound trains speed non-stop past Platform 2.

Preceding station
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National Rail
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Great Northern
  Future Development  
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Terminus
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Hornsey   Thameslink
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  Great Northern & Strand   Terminus

Friends of Ally Pally Station

In 2016, local volunteers established the Friends of Ally Pally Station. The group has created a station community garden of over forty planters across the platforms, as well as collaborative art projects in the foyer with Studio 306, The Friends of Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace and young local origami artist, Eddie Holden. They encourage collaboration in the community with all forms of stakeholders - garden centres, schools, artists, businesses, the Palace, the council and GNR.

The Friends have won several awards since their inception, including from the Community Rail Network ('It's Your Station' Silver and Gold Certificates 2017 and 2018, and Winner of Small Projects 2018 for 'Hop on a Train'), Rail Partnerships Small Projects winner 2018 for 'Sleepers Awake', building benches along with a Bach workshop led by local pianist Stephen Barron, and Haringey in Bloom (2017 and 2020). Much work was done in raising their profile and telling their story by Giles Christian, who died in 2019. A memorial was held for Christian on 31 March 2019, and a healing herb garden in his memory is situated on Platform 1, next to the Back Yard.

As well as holding monthly Gardening Parties and other events, the Friends are also a Rail User Group, representing passengers' needs. In 2020–21, they worked closely with GNR and Groundwork to guide deployment of the Passenger Benefit fund, enhancing shelters and adding significant new planters to Platforms 3 & 4.

In 2020 the Friends used lockdown to create the Bedford Rose Garden[10] on a section of land given to them for community use by Network Rail. The garden has been built up with countless donations from locals, often passing by on their daily walks. It contains a great variety of roses, trees, climbing plants, fruit and vegetables and a pond.

The Bedford Rose Garden
The Bedford Rose Garden

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 14B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  3. ^ "Crossrail 2 consultation opens". BBC News. 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 254
  5. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 15, 254
  6. ^ Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2005). London's Lost Tube Schemes. Capital Transport. pp. 77 and 138. ISBN 1-85414-293-3.
  7. ^ "Crossrail 2 consultation opens". BBC News. 14 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Buses from Alexandra Palace" (PDF). TfL. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  9. ^ Table 24 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  10. ^ "'Tenacious' musician creates a garden out of nothing at Ally Pally Station". 30 July 2020.