West Hampstead Thameslink railway station

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West Hampstead Thameslink National Rail
West Hampstead Thameslink Station building.jpg
New station building which opened in November 2011
West Hampstead Thameslink is located in Greater London
West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Thameslink
Location of West Hampstead Thameslink in Greater London
Location West Hampstead
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by Thameslink
Station code WHP
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes
Fare zone 2
OSI West Hampstead London Underground [1]
West Hampstead London Overground
National Rail annual entry and exit
2008–09 Decrease 2.318 million[2]
— interchange 0.139 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 2.576 million[2]
— interchange 0.413 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 2.778 million[2]
— interchange 0.533 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.817 million[2]
— interchange 0.510 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 3.289 million[2]
— interchange 0.678 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 March 1871 Opened as West End for Kilburn and Hampstead
1 July 1903 Renamed West End
1 April 1904 Renamed West End and Brondesbury
1 September 1905 Renamed West Hampstead
25 September 1950 Renamed West Hampstead Midland
16 May 1988 Renamed West Hampstead Thameslink
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
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West Hampstead Thameslink is a National Rail station on the Midland Main Line and is served by Thameslink trains as part of the Thameslink route between Kentish Town and Cricklewood. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2. East Midlands Trains InterCity services from Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with InterCity services can be made at Luton and St Pancras International.


The station was built by the Midland Railway on its extension to St. Pancras, to serve the newly developed area around the hamlet of West End. It opened on 1 March 1871, and was originally named West End for Kilburn and Hampstead.[3]

For a short period from 1878 the station formed part of the Super Outer Circle, Midland trains running through from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Acton Central and Turnham Green.[4]

It was renamed several times: to West End on 1 July 1903; to West End and Brondesbury on 1 April 1904; to West Hampstead on 1 September 1905; West Hampstead Midland on 25 September 1950; and finally West Hampstead Thameslink on 16 May 1988.[3] It was popular for many years for people taking a day out on Hampstead Heath and those visiting the chalybeate springs in Hampstead itself.[5]

Oyster Pay as you go was introduced in late 2007.

From March 2009, Southeastern and Thameslink began running some peak hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,[6] though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town.

Stations in West Hampstead
Chiltern Main Line to Birmingham
LU Jubilee and Metropolitan lines
Thameslink and Midland Main Line
North London Line to Richmond
London Overground Overground and
National Rail Thameslink stations
West Hampstead(on West End Lane)
Jubilee Line Underground
Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line Finchley Road OSI London Overground
Finchley Road(MR) (1868-1927)
London Overground Finchley Road & Frognal OSI Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line
North London Line to Stratford
Thameslink and MML to St Pancras
Underground to Baker Street
Chiltern Main Line to Marylebone
OSI = Out of Station Interchange:
Interchange is allowed
between these two stations

Proposed developments

West Hampstead station linkage

The present arrangement of three separate stations (Thameslink, Overground and Jubilee line) means that passengers wishing to change lines must walk along or cross West End Lane, a busy main road. A redevelopment proposal was put forward in 2004 by Chiltern Railways which would link the three West Hampstead stations with subterranean walkways. New platforms would be built for the Chiltern Main Line, and possibly also for the Metropolitan line, and the Thameslink and London Overground (formerly Silverlink) stations would be relocated on the east side of West End Lane.[7] The redevelopment would involve demolishing existing buildings and the redevelopment of West End Lane as "a tree-lined boulevard".[8][9] The plans were put on hold in 2007 due to uncertainty over the North London Line rail franchise.[10]

Additional Thameslink services

Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network may call at the station from 2018.[11]


London Buses routes 139, 328 and C11 serve the station.


As its name suggest, West Hampstead Thameslink is on the Thameslink route, operated by Thameslink. The station is served at all times of the day with an hourly service at night between Bedford and Three Bridges. Off peak, six trains per hour calls, four running between Luton/St Albans to Sutton plus a half hourly Bedford to Brighton service. At peak hours some Sevenoaks, Rochester and Ashford International trains also serves the station operated jointly by Thameslink. There is also an hourly service to Sevenoaks during the off peak starting from West Hampstead Thameslink.[12]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St Albans City   Thameslink
  St Pancras
or Terminus
Thameslink (Local)
  Kentish Town
Historical railways
Cricklewood   Midland Railway
Dudding Hill Line
  Finchley Road


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