West Anglia Main Line

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West Anglia Main Line
Principal stations

London Liverpool Street
Hackney Downs

(for Lea Valley Lines)

Tottenham Hale

Rye House
St Margarets
Hertford East

Harlow Town
Harlow Mill
Bishop's Stortford
Stansted Mountfitchet

Stansted Airport

Audley End
Great Chesterford

The West Anglia Main Line is one of the two main lines which run from London Liverpool Street, the other being the Great Eastern Main Line. It runs due north from London, through the towns of Broxbourne, Harlow, Bishop's Stortford and Audley End station before reaching Cambridge, with two branches serving Hertford and Stansted Airport. The line runs along the border between Hertfordshire and Essex for much of its length.

The line is electrified at 25 kV AC, using overhead wires, and passenger services on the line mostly use Class 315 or Class 317 EMUs, although some DMUs (mostly Class 170 units) are used for services north from Stansted Airport.

Passenger services on the line are provided by 'one', under the 'one' West Anglia and 'one' Stansted Express brands, and by Central Trains from Stansted Airport north to Cambridge and beyond.

In London, the line also forms the Tottenham Hale branch of the Lea Valley Lines.

Places served by the route are listed below, with Ordnance Survey grid references for the stations:

Places Grid references
and other notes
(Liverpool Street)
to Cambridge:
(Liverpool Street)
(Hackney Downs)
(Tottenham Hale)
Cheshunt TL366023
Broxbourne TL374072
Hertford East branch diverges here
Roydon TL405105
Harlow (Harlow Town) TL446112
Harlow (Harlow Mill) TL471123
Sawbridgeworth TL490150
Bishop's Stortford TL491208
Stansted Mountfitchet TL514248
Stansted Airport branch diverges here
Elsenham TL533270
Newport TL522335
Wendons Ambo (Audley End) TL515363
Great Chesterford TL504424
Whittlesford TL484472
Great Shelford TL465522
Cambridge TL461572
Some services run south from Cambridge to Stansted Airport, via Wendons Ambo (Audley End)
Hertford East branch:
Broxbourne TL374072
Hoddesdon (Rye House) TL384097
St Margarets TL381118
Ware TL359139
Hertford (Hertford East) TL329129
Stansted Airport branch:
Stansted Airport TL556235
Some services run from the airport to Cambridge (not London), and points further north, bypassing Stansted Mountfitchet

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