Moorgate Railway Station

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West entrance
East entrance
Platforms on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines
Head tracks 5 and 6 with trains from First Capital Connect
Northern Line platform

Moorgate (until 1924 Moorgate Street ) is a train station on the street of the same name in the City of London , north of the London Wall . It is the terminus of the Northern City Line and a 2009 branch of Thameslink . Both routes are or were served by First Capital Connect trains. Moorgate is also a tube station where London Underground trains stop on the Circle Line , Hammersmith & City Line and the Metropolitan Line . In 2014, 25.90 million subway passengers used the train station located in Travelcard tariff zone 1, plus 9.052 million rail passengers.

upper part

The platforms of the Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line and Thameslink are just below the surface. The station was opened on December 23, 1865 by the Metropolitan Railway (predecessor of the Metropolitan Line). In 1868 the number of tracks (the so-called City Widened Lines ) was doubled on the line between Moorgate and King's Cross . In the 1960s, the platforms were extended.

Until 2009, Thameslink trains from the direction of Bedford ran on butt-ended tracks 5 and 6 during rush hour. These are located parallel to tracks 1 to 4 of the underground trains. The underground tracks are electrified with two conductor rails , the railroad tracks with 25 kV alternating current overhead lines, which are common north of London (see also traction current ).

As part of the Thameslink 2000 project, rail traffic on the Thameslink branch line to Moorgate station was discontinued in March 2009. This made it possible to extend the platform in Farringdon .

Lower part

The City and South London Railway (C & SLR) opened its station located in a deep tunnel on February 25, 1900, as the northern terminus of the line to Stockwell . On November 17, 1901, the route was extended northwards to Angel . The original station building of the C & SLR has been preserved, the headquarters of the company was in the offices above. The Northern Line trains run through the tunnel today, on tracks 7 and 8.

Tracks 9 and 10 of the Northern City Line are located directly above the Northern Line tunnel. These were put into operation on February 14, 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway (GN&CR) and connect the City of London with Finsbury Park . The GN&CR initially hoped that the express and suburban trains of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) would run on this route. But the GNR did not accept the offer and the line had to be downgraded to a short branch line.

From 1934 to 1975 the Northern City Line was a branch of the Northern Line. On August 16, 1976, the then state-owned railway company British Rail took over operations on the Northern City Line. Since then, the trains have been running via Finsbury Park to the northern suburbs.

Moorgate train wreck

Moorgate station became famous due to a serious accident on February 28, 1975, shortly before it was handed over to British Rail. 43 people were killed and 74 others were injured. It was the worst train wreck in the history of the London Underground.

Web links

Commons : Moorgate station  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. COUNTS - 2014 - annual entries & exits. (PDF, 44 kB) (No longer available online.) Transport for London, 2015, archived from the original on February 21, 2016 ; accessed on September 3, 2018 (English).
  2. ^ Office of Rail Regulation - station usage
Previous station Transport for London Next station
Old Street   Northern Line
(City Branch)
Barbican   Circle Line   Liverpool Street
  Hammersmith & City Line  
  Metropolitan Line  
Previous station National Rail Next train station
Old Street   First Capital Connect
Northern City Line
(Monday-Friday only)
  final destination

Coordinates: 51 ° 31 ′ 7 ″  N , 0 ° 5 ′ 19 ″  W.