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Welwyn North railway station

Welwyn North
Platform 1
Location
Place Digswell
Local authority Borough of Welwyn Hatfield
Grid reference
Operations
Station code WLW
Managed by Great Northern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.369 million
2004/05 Increase 0.406 million
2005/06

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2006/07 Increase 0.428 million
2007/08 Increase 0.455 million
2008/09 Increase 0.468 million
2009/10

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2010/11 Increase 0.486 million
2011/12 Increase 0.509 million
2012/13 Increase 0.525 million
History
1850 Station opened by GNR as "Welwyn Station"
1923 Station renamed "Welwyn North"
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Welwyn North from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Welwyn North railway station serves the villages of Digswell and Welwyn in Hertfordshire, England. The station is located approximately 22 miles (35 km) north of London Kings Cross, on the East Coast Main Line.

Location

Although the station is north of Welwyn Garden City, there is the actual village of Welwyn about 1 mile (1.6 km) west. Furthermore, the station is actually located in the district of Digswell. Also, just to the south the line passes over the Welwyn Viaduct and to the north through two tunnels. This section (between Digswell and Woolmer Green Junctions) is a significant capacity bottleneck, being the only double track portion on what is otherwise a four track main line all the way from London to Hitchin & beyond.

History

Welwyn North Station, with Up freight train in 1951

The Station was opened in 1850 as part of the Great Northern Railway. It was called Welwyn Station until 1926 when it was renamed following the opening of Welwyn Garden City. It was built by contractor Thomas Brassey out of locally produced red brick.

The Welwyn Tunnel rail crash occurred in the tunnels to the north of the station in 1866.

In its heyday the station served local agriculture as well as passenger traffic. There was a goods yard and goods shed on the west side and sidings to the north and south. These included an impressive set of navvies (who went on to frequent it).

Welwyn North Station's Platform 1, 2015

Today the goods yard has made way for a car park but the main station building, the worker's cottages and the Cowper Arms remain.

The station is a rare survival of architecture from the early days of the GNR and this is now recognised with listed building status. The main station building, the footbridge, the tunnel portal to the north and [[Welwyn Viaduct

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