Hornsey National Rail
The southbound platform of the station and adjacent TMD.
Hornsey is located in Greater London
Location of Hornsey in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Haringey
Managed byGreat Northern
Station codeHRN
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms2
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2018–19Decrease 1.654 million[1]
2019–20Decrease 1.560 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.430 million[1]
2021–22Increase 0.991 million[1]
2022–23Increase 1.315 million[1]
Key dates
Other information
External links
WGS8451°35′10″N 0°06′42″W / 51.5862°N 0.1116°W / 51.5862; -0.1116
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Hornsey railway station is in Hornsey in the London Borough of Haringey, north London. It is on the Great Northern route that forms part of the East Coast Main Line, 4 mileschains (6.5 km) down the line from London King's Cross, and is situated between Harringay to the south and Alexandra Palace to the north.[2]

It is in Travelcard Zone 3. The station is managed by Great Northern on behalf of Network Rail, and is adjacent to the Hornsey train maintenance depot. It was built in 1850 on the Great Northern Railway.


The station was opened on 7 August 1850 by the Great Northern Railway (GNR),[3] the same day that the main line between Peterborough and London (Maiden Lane) was opened.[4]

Under plans approved in 1897, the station was to be served by 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 from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park and then into central London. The GN&SR stations on each side would have been the same as the main line stations. 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).[5]


All services at Hornsey are operated by Great Northern using Class 717 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[6]

During the peak hours, the station is served by an additional half-hourly service between Moorgate and Hertford North, and the service between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City is increased to 4 tph. The station is also served by a small number of peak hour services between Moorgate and Gordon Hill.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Stopping Services
Abandoned plans
Preceding station London Underground Following station
towards Strand
  Great Northern & Strand   Alexandra Palace



  1. ^ a b c d e "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. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 123. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 135. CN 8983.
  5. ^ Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2005). London's Lost Tube Schemes. Capital Transport. pp. 77 and 138. ISBN 1-85414-293-3.
  6. ^ Table 24 National Rail timetable, May 2022