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Moorgate station

London Moorgate
Entrance to Moorgate
Location of Moorgate in Central London
Location Moorgate
Local authority City of London
Managed by London Underground
Station code MOG
DfT category E
Number of platforms 10 (8 in use)
Fare zone 1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 21.23 million[1]
2012 20.59 million[1]
2013 21.38 million[1]
2014 25.90 million[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2009–10 6.737 million[2]
— interchange   1.294 million[2]
2010–11 7.187 million[2]
— interchange   0.284 million[2]
2011–12 7.617 million[2]
— interchange   0.620 million[2]
2012–13 7.997 million[2]
— interchange   0.558 million[2]
Key dates
1865 Opened (MR)
1900 Opened (C&SLR)
1904 Opened (GN&CR)
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
  • Departures
  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses
London Transport portal
UK Railways portal

Moorgate, also known as London Moorgate, is a City of London. Weekday main line railway services for Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth are operated by Great Northern, while the Underground station is served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Northern lines.

The station was opened in 1865 by the

Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Circle line
towards Edgware Road (via Aldgate)
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking
Metropolitan line
towards Aldgate
Northern line
towards Morden (via Bank)
National Rail National Rail
Great Northern
Northern City Line
Disused railways
Barbican   First Capital Connect
  Former service  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
towards Finsbury Park
Northern line
Northern City branch
  Abandoned Northern Heights proposal  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
Northern line Terminus
  Abandoned Northern City Line extension  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
Old Street   Metropolitan Railway
Northern City Line
  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive Moorgate station building in 1915.

External links

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics.   Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Railway Magazine October 1963 p. 685
  5. ^ a b c d   (Retrieved 2011-12-10)
  6. ^ a b c   (Retrieved 2014-04-12)
  7. ^ Wallis, Shani, ed. (May 2009). "Typical layout of the mined underground stations (diagram)". Crossrail management mobilized. Tunnel Talk. Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. 
  8. ^ Nicholas, Dean (19 November 2010). "Crossrail, As It May Appear On The Tube Map". Londonist. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. 
  9. ^ a b c d


London Buses routes 21, 43, 76, 100, 141, 153, 214, 271 and night routes N21, N76, N133 serve the station.


No National Rail trains operate to Moorgate on Saturdays and Sundays.

The following typical National Rail services off-peak Monday - Friday (all operated by Thameslink and Great Northern):

National Rail

The typical off-peak services in trains per hour (tph) are:

Metropolitan line

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

Hammersmith & City line

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

Circle line

London Underground


Under the Central line at Liverpool Street.[7][8]

Crossrail is being built as a new west-east route under central London.


The former sub surface Thameslink bay platforms (5 and 6) were equipped with 25 kV AC[5] overhead line equipment, overseen by York Electrical Control Room.[5] Signalling was Track Circuit Block, Multiple aspect colour light signals, controlled by Westhampstead PSB.[5]

Traction current on the Underground lines is supplied by the standard London Underground four rail system. Trains using the deep level Northern City Line platforms (9 and 10) are supplied with 750 V DC[6] traction current via the third rail, overseen by York Electrical Control Room.[6] Signalling is Track Circuit Block, Colour light signals with tripcock mechanisms, controlled by Kings Cross PSB.[6]


London King's Cross instead.

43 people were killed and 74 seriously injured in the Moorgate tube crash on 28 February 1975 when a southbound Northern City Line train crashed into buffers at the end of the line at the station, inside a tunnel beyond the platform. It was the greatest loss of life on the Underground during peacetime and the worst ever train accident on the system.

Moorgate station was completely modernised at platform level and street level in the 1960s, and the Widened Lines part of the station was extended to six platforms. The realignment of the platforms enabled about 500 yd (460 m) of the line to Barbican to be straightened and moved south to facilitate development of the Barbican Estate.[4]

Circle line train in Moorgate Station

The Northern City Line to Moorgate was opened by the Great Northern & City Railway (GN&CR) in February 1904 offering a service to Finsbury Park. The route was constructed in tube tunnels, but they were constructed at a diameter capable of accommodating main-line trains (in contrast to the majority of London tube tunnels which are much smaller). However, the planned through services to the Great Northern Railway's main line were never implemented, and the route remained a simple short route between Moorgate and Finsbury Park, later cut back to run between Moorgate and Drayton Park only, due to the construction of the Victoria line in the 1960s.

The Northern line platforms were opened by the Stockwell south of the River Thames. The line was extended to Angel the following year.

Increasing traffic by other companies, including goods traffic, led to the line between British Rail Class 31 locomotives class hauling non-corridor stock which remained in operation until the mid-1970s.

The station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in December 1865 when it extended its original route between Paddington and Farringdon.


National Rail services on the Northern City Line use platforms 9 and 10, which are terminal platforms. Weekday train services run via the East Coast Main Line to Welwyn Garden City, and to Hertford North, Stevenage, Hitchin or Letchworth.

Deep level main line platforms

The Northern line of the Underground uses platforms 7 and 8, which are in a deep-level tube section of the station.

Deep level tube platforms

The Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines of the Underground system all use platforms 1 and 2, which are through platforms. For turning trains back at busy times, there are platforms 3 and 4 which are west-facing bays. Adjacent to these are platforms 5 and 6 of the former Thameslink trains service from Bedford and Luton. These are disused following the closure of the Moorgate branch from Farringdon junction as part of the Thameslink programme.

Sub-surface Platform 1 at Moorgate station

Sub surface platforms

While the public entrances from the street give access to all the train services at the station, there are three distinct levels.

The station has entrances on both Moorgate itself and Moorfields, which runs parallel.

Location and layout


  • Location and layout 1
    • Sub surface platforms 1.1
    • Deep level tube platforms 1.2
    • Deep level main line platforms 1.3
  • History 2
  • Infrastructure 3
  • Crossrail 4
  • Services 5
    • London Underground 5.1
      • Circle line 5.1.1
      • Hammersmith & City line 5.1.2
      • Metropolitan line 5.1.3
    • National Rail 5.2
  • Connections 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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