Brimsdown National Rail
Platforms at Brimsdown Station, looking north
Brimsdown is located in Greater London
Location of Brimsdown in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Enfield
Managed byGreater Anglia
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeBMD
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Increase 0.988 million[2]
2019–20Increase 1.058 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 0.501 million[2]
2021–22Increase 0.822 million[2]
2022–23Increase 0.938 million[2]
Key dates
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°39′20″N 0°01′51″W / 51.6556°N 0.0308°W / 51.6556; -0.0308
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Brimsdown railway station is on the Lea Valley line that forms part of the West Anglia Main Line, serving the neighbourhood of Brimsdown in the London Borough of Enfield, north London. It is 10 miles 61 chains (17.3 km) down the line from Liverpool Street and is situated between Ponders End and Enfield Lock. Its three-letter station code is BMD and it is in Travelcard zone 5.

The station and all trains serving it are operated by Greater Anglia.

Brimsdown station was used in 1951 as a location for part of the Alexander Mackendrick film The Man in the White Suit, starring Alec Guinness, as the station where Sidney Stratton tries to buy a ticket near the end of the film.[3]


The railway line from Stratford to Broxbourne was opened by the Northern and Eastern Railway on 15 September 1840. The station itself (which at one time was to be named Green Street) was financed by a local landowner and developer, and built by builder W Bangs & Co. The station opened on 1 October 1884, and services were operated by the Great Eastern Railway (GER).[4]

A signal box built by McKenzie and Holland was provided with 15 levers to operate points and signals, and this was enlarged in 1899 to have 32 levers. In 1928 it was recorded as having a 42-lever frame, so further expansion had clearly taken place in the intervening years.

Some goods sidings were located on the up side, and a short branch to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock joined these from the east. There was also a siding to a power station.[5]

Brimsdown Station in 1961

At the start of 1923, the GER amalgamated with several other railways to create the London and North Eastern Railway as a result of the grouping of the UK's railways into four major companies.

The station was bombed on 22 July 1944; the signal box was destroyed.[6]

Following nationalisation of the railways in January 1948, Brimsdown became part of Eastern Region of British Railways.

The lines through Brimsdown were electrified on 5 May 1969.[7] Prior to the completion of electrification in 1969, passenger services between Cheshunt and London Liverpool Street through Brimsdown station were normally operated by Class 125 diesel multiple units (which had been purpose-built for the line in 1958).

On sectorisation in the 1980s the station was managed and served by Network SouthEast.

Since 1990

Track and signals

The ticket office at Brimsdown Station

As with most of the UK, management of the nationally owned track and signals passed in 1994 to Railtrack, which was succeeded by Network Rail in 2004.

In August 2002, signalling control for the relevant section of track was transferred to the Liverpool Street Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC).[8]

Operation of passenger services

Following privatisation in 1994, operation of the station was allocated to a business unit before being taken over by West Anglia Great Northern (WAGN) in January 1997, at the time owned by Prism Rail. National Express acquired the franchise-holder in July 2000.

The WAGN franchise was replaced in 2003 by the One franchise later renamed National Express East Anglia.

Oyster card readers came into use on 2 January 2010.[9]

In February 2012 operation of the station changed once again, with Abellio Greater Anglia taking over the franchise.


The normal off-peak service is two trains per hour to London Liverpool Street (Stratford on Sundays), and two trains per hour to Hertford East.

Crossrail 2

The 2015 Crossrail 2 public consultation suggested that Brimsdown may in the future be served by trains on this route.[10]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ponders End
or Tottenham Hale (Morning rush hours only)
  Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Enfield Lock
Future development
Preceding station Crossrail Following station
Ponders End Crossrail 2 Enfield Lock
towards Broxbourne


London Buses routes 191, 307 and 491 serve the station.


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database locations. Retrieved 7 July 2009
  4. ^ Brown, Joe, London Railway Atlas, page 5, Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
  5. ^ King, John (July 2008). "A train spotter's tale". Great Eastern Journal. Vol. 135. Great Eastern Railway Society. pp. 5, 9.
  6. ^ Farrant, Roger (July 1985). "Front page and caption". Great Eastern Journal. Vol. 45. Great Eastern Railway Society. pp. 1, 2.
  7. ^ White, H.P., A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 3 Greater London, David & Charles, 1987
  8. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 135-page 14 Chris Cook(photo caption) July 2008
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Citizen Space - Crossrail 2 - October 2015". Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2015.