Hertford Loop Line

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The Hertford Loop is a branch of the East Coast Main Line.

First Capital Connect operate suburban services along the East Coast Main Line south of Peterborough. Trains run along the Herford Loop between Kings Cross or Moorgate and Letchworth, Stevenage or Hertford North. Occasionally, GNER trains operate non-stop along the route when diverted off the main section of the ECML due to engineering work. There is a siding to the north of Bowes Park which is occasionally used to turn around GNER trains heading for the Bounds Green Depot. There are also terminus platforms at Hertford North and Gordon Hill, the latter acting as a terminus during peak hours only.

The loop is about 24 miles long and was opened in three stages between 1871 and 1924. Flying junctions connect each end of the northbound track with the main line. The route is electrified using the 25 kV, 50 Hz a.c., Overhead Line system.

Route and Settlements served

Heading south, the Hertford Loop begins just south of Stevenage. It serves:


Greater London

It rejoins the main line north of Alexandra Palace railway station - which serves Wood Green and Alexandra Palace


Hornby, Frank (1995) London Commuter Lines. Volume 1: Main lines north of the Thames. Kettering: Silver Link Publishing Ltd.

Railway lines in the East of England:
Main lines: East Coast Main Line   Great Eastern Main Line
Cambridge-King's Lynn "Fen" Line   Cambridge-Norwich "Breckland" Line   Colchester-Clacton "Sunshine Coast" Line
Ely-Peterborough Line   Ipswich-Ely Line   London-Cambridge Line   London, Tilbury & Southend Line
Manningtree-Harwich "Mayflower" Line   Thameslink   West Anglia Main Line   
Commuter lines: Hertford Loop Line   Lea Valley Lines   Northern City Line   Romford-Upminster Line   
Shenfield-Southend Victoria Line   Witham-Braintree Line
Rural lines: Cambridge-Ipswich Line    Crouch Valley Line   East Suffolk Line   Grantham-Skegness Line
Ipswich-Felixstowe Line   Marks Tey-Sudbury "Gainsborough" Line   Norwich-Sheringham "Bittern" Line
Peterborough-Lincoln Line   Thorpe le Soken-Walton "Sunshine Coast" Line   Wherry Lines   

Railway lines in London:
North London:  Dudding Hill Line   Hertford Loop Line   Gospel Oak-Barking Line   North London Line   Northern City Line   Lea Valley Lines  
 St Albans Branch Line   Thameslink   Watford DC Line
East London:  Romford-Upminster Line
South London:  Bexleyheath Line   Bromley North Line   Catford Loop Line   Greenwich Line   Dartford Loop Line
 Hayes Line   Hounslow Loop Line   South London Lines   Tattenham Corner Line   Thameslink
West London:  West London Line
Proposed network: London Overground