Gospel Oak train station

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Gospel Oak train station
Gospel Oak railway station 1.jpg
Location in the network Connecting station
Design Through station with head platform
Platform tracks 3
abbreviation GPO
IBNR 7000964
opening 1860
City / municipality London
Place / district London Borough of Camden
London Borough London Borough of Camden
Part of the country England
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51 ° 33 ′ 19 ″  N , 0 ° 9 ′ 5 ″  W Coordinates: 51 ° 33 ′ 19 ″  N , 0 ° 9 ′ 5 ″  W.
Railway lines
List of train stations in the United Kingdom
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The Gospel Oak railway station is a railway station in the London Borough of Camden . It is owned by the London Overground and is only used by this company's trains.

Two overground lines meet in Gospel Oak: the North London Line from Richmond to Stratford and the Gospel Oak – Barking railway , which starts here.


The station was opened in 1860 under the name Kentish Town . In 1867 it was renamed Gospel Oak when the name was transferred to what is now Kentish Town West station in the course of its opening in 1867 - it in turn lost the name in 1924 to avoid confusion with the nearby Kentish Town station .

Until 1981 only trains of the North London Line stopped in Gospel Oak, trains from Barking all ran to Kentish Town, although there was a connection to Gospel Oak, which was, however, reserved for freight traffic. In 1981, as a result of Thameslink construction work in the Kentish Town / St. Pancras area, all passenger trains were re-routed to Gospel Oak, and the connection to the Midland Main Line has only been used for freight traffic since then .

At the moment, the NLL and the line to Barking are being rebuilt to enable more trains on the one hand, and to allow longer trains to be used on the other, so the platforms on both lines are being extended.


In the medium term, construction work is planned at the station to direct trains from Barking to Clapham Junction station , for example . So far, the line from Barking ends at a head platform, the double-lane direct connection to the NLL bypasses the station and joins the NLL east of Hampstead Heath. Additional platforms are planned for the direct connection, but these must be carefully planned due to the important freight traffic.

The quarter-hourly service is currently being prepared on the route to Barking.


  • Richmond - Stratford: 4 trains per hour
  • Gospel Oak - Barking : 2 trains per hour

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A16542425
  2. http://www.barking-gospeloak.org.uk/news.htm#update4