Cricklewood railway station

Coordinates: 51°33′31″N 0°12′46″W / 51.5586°N 0.2129°W / 51.5586; -0.2129
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Cricklewood National Rail
Exterior of main station building at Cricklewood
Cricklewood is located in Greater London
Location of Cricklewood in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Barnet
Managed byThameslink
Station codeCRI
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone3
National Rail annual entry and exit
2017–18Increase 0.967 million[1]
2018–19Decrease 0.901 million[1]
2019–20Increase 1.025 million[1]
2020–21Decrease 0.349 million[1]
2021–22Increase 0.612 million[1]
Key dates
Other information
External links
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Cricklewood railway station is on the Midland Main Line in England, serving the town of Cricklewood in the London Borough of Barnet, north London. It is 5 miles 9 chains (8.2 km) down the line from St Pancras and is situated between West Hampstead Thameslink to the south and Hendon to the north. Its three-letter station code is CRI.

It is served by Thameslink services on the cross-London Thameslink route. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.


Up stopping train in 1950

It was opened on 2 May 1870[2] as Childs Hill and Cricklewood nearly 2 years after the Midland Railway had built its extension (now called the Midland Main Line) to St. Pancras. The station acquired its present name in 1903.

To the north of the station, a motive power depot was built with a large roundhouse in 1882, with a second in 1893. With this was built a large marshalling yard and, in later years, LMS Garratts would be seen with their massive trains of coal from Toton in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire coalfields.[3] A loop line, no longer in existence, was built heading north on the western side of the railway yard, then turning east underneath the main line at the viaduct over the River Brent (and also now the North Circular Road), then south on the eastern side. This obviously allowed trains to reverse direction, but also conveniently joined the railway yards on the two sides of the main lines.

Between 1899 and 1926, a number of proposals were put forward to build an underground railway along the Edgware Road from Central London to Cricklewood via Kilburn, and envisaged the construction of a Tube station at Cricklewood. None of the schemes succeeded and the line was never built.[4]

A mural bearing the inscription QUEEN OF THE AIR (which was a nickname the British press gave Amy Johnson) was painted in Cricklewood station to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the United Kingdom.[5]


This station has 4 platforms, numbered from 1 (easternmost) to 4 (westernmost). Platforms 1 and 2 are on the southbound and northbound slow lines, where all regular services calling at the station use. Platforms 3 and 4 are on the southbound and northbound fast lines, which are normally fenced off while fast trains pass through this station non-stop, and only to be used when the slow lines are out of use.


All services at Cricklewood are operated by Thameslink using Class 700 EMUs.

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

During the peak hours, the station is served by additional services to and from Luton, Orpington and Rainham, as well as some late evening services to and from Bedford.

The station is also served by a night service between Bedford and Three Bridges on Sunday to Friday nights.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Disused railways
Welsh Harp
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
  West Hampstead
Line and station open
Dudding Hill
Line open (freight only), station closed
  Midland Railway
  Future services  


Northbound view from Platform 1 of the four platforms. Two additional freight tracks are on the extreme left

In 2014, the pedestrian subway of Cricklewood station was refurbished with renewed cladding, lighting and a repaired floor, and disabled access was improved at the ticket office window.[7]

Various schemes have been proposed for improved railway connections through Cricklewood. In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport pressure group published a proposal for a light rail system in West London called the North and West London Light railway (NWLLR), which would make use of the Dudding Hill freight line freight corridor that runs through Cricklewood station. The NWLLR scheme did not progress beyond the proposal stage.[8]

Plans to build a new Brent Cross West station 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) to the north of Cricklewood are currently progressing, and the scheme was approved by national and London government in March 2014.[9][10] Unlike Cricklewood, the new station will be able to accommodate the new 12-carriage trains. Rumours that Cricklewood station would close when the new station opened have been refuted by the Brent Cross Cricklewood development company.[11] The developers announced funding for further upgrade work at Cricklewood station in 2010, including the installation of lifts to provide step-free access to all platforms.[12][13]

The proposal to re-open the Dudding Hill Line to passenger services was revived in 2017 when the London Assembly and Transport for London published a plan to extend the London Overground network through Cricklewood.[14] The scheme, known as the West London Orbital envisages running services from West Hampstead Thameslink and Hendon to Hounslow via Cricklewood and the planned Old Oak Common Lane station. The plans are currently at public consultation stage with TfL.[15]


London Buses routes 189, 226, 245, 260, 460 and C11 serve the station.

Cricklewood TMD and sidings[edit]

Cricklewood TMD, showing Class 319s of former-operator First Capital Connect

The original Cricklewood railway engine servicing depot was built by the Midland Railway just to the north west of curve of the junction with the Dudding Hill Line. It was built as and remains as the first major servicing depot for trains terminating in London, and for servicing the local regional commuter trains on the Midland Main Line. Part rebuilt by British Railways, it was closed to steam in December 1964.[16]

To the eastern side of the mainline, the Midland Railway had originally built a goods yard, which developed into a sizeable freight facility under British Railways, for collating and distributing goods around London. Resultantly, as the confines of the original depot with the introduction of electrification meant it could no longer be used, a new depot was built to the north east of the mainline, located directly north of the sidings and above the northern junction with the Dudding Hill Line.

Today, the depot serves as the London base for East Midlands Railway, providing stabling and operational servicing for its British Rail Class 222 and class 180. It also formerly served as a regional depot for First Capital Connect, until it was superseded by Govia Thameslink Railway in September 2014, who use other newly built facilities in other locations. The sidings located to its south still provide freight services, including being the starting point for one of the daily BinLiner domestic waste trains that terminate at the Calvert Landfill site, operated by the Waste Recycling Group for the Department of the Environment.


  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. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley page 50
  3. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  4. ^ Badsey-Ellis, Antony (2005). London's Lost Tube Schemes. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-293-3.
  5. ^ Nathalie Raffray (29 November 2018). "Cricklewood Station graced with mural of UKs first female pilot Amy Johnson from Roe Green Village | Latest Kilburn and Brent News - Brent & Kilburn Times". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  6. ^ Table 52 National Rail timetable, May 2023
  7. ^ "Cricklewood". Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. Cricklewood Station Improvements
  8. ^ London Campaign for Better Transport Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan
  9. ^ "Budget 2014: London regeneration and housing plans". BBC. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Mayor welcomes Budget that sparks thousands of new jobs and homes in London". Greater London Authority. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  11. ^ Brent Cross Cricklewood: Myths about the project Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 December 2010
  12. ^ Brent Cross Cricklewood: The benefits Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 December 2010
  13. ^ Brent Cross Cricklewood: Transport Plan (Phase 2) Archived 29 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 July 2013
  14. ^ "Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018". London City Hall. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  15. ^ "West London Orbital". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Rail UK Steam Locomotive Shed".

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