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Camden Town

Station code


London, United Kingdom

Network Rail

Local authority
London Borough of Camden

Managed by
London Overground

DfT category

Fare zone

Camden Town tube station

Number of platforms

Camden Road railway station

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Camden Road railway station is in the London Borough of Camden in north London. The station and all trains serving it are operated by London Overground. It is on the North London Line and in Travelcard Zone 2.


The first Camden Road (North London Railway) station was opened in 1850 and was situated on the east side of what is now St. Pancras Way. It was renamed Camden Town (NLR) on 1 July 1870 but was closed on 5 December 1870 when it was replaced by the second station situated a short distance to the west.

The present station is the second station of this name and is located at the corner of Royal College Street and Camden Road. Designed by Edwin Henry Horne and opened as "Camden Town" by the North London Railway on 5 December 1870, it was renamed "Camden Road" on 25 September 1950 to avoid confusion with the London Underground Northern line Camden Town which had opened in 1907. Thus, between 1907 and 1950, there were two stations called 'Camden Town'.

The present 'Camden Town' London Underground station is 450 metres to the southwest of this station. However, the accompanying 2008 photograph shows the original name ("Camden Town Station") still displayed on the parapet of the station building of what is now 'Camden Road' station. It is one of the few railway stations in England in which there is a police station.

In addition to the frequent local passenger service, the station is a busy location for freight traffic due to its proximity to the junctions linking the North London Line to both the West Coast Main Line at Camden Junction (via the now closed station at Primrose Hill) and the East Coast Main Line at Copenhagen Junction. The former is particularly well used by container trains from the deep water ports at Felixstowe & Tilbury to various terminals in the Midlands & North West of England; it also carried a passenger service (between Watford Junction and Broad Street/Liverpool Street) until 1992.


To allow four-car trains to run on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford closed in February 2010, and reopened on 1 June 2010, in order to install a new signalling system and to extend 30 platforms. After the reopening the work continued until May 2011 with a reduced service and none on Sundays.

The typical weekday service in trains per hour is:

  • 4 westbound to Richmond via Willesden Junction.
  • 2 westbound to Clapham Junction also via Willesden Junction (no late evening service)
  • 6 eastbound to Stratford via Highbury & Islington. Some early morning & late night trains start or terminate here.
  • There is now no normal passenger service on the line from Camden Road to Willesden Junction Low Level via Queens Park, though the route can be (and is) used if the line via Hampstead Heath is blocked for any reason.


    London Buses routes 29, 46, 253 and 274 and night routes N29, N253 and N279 serve the station.

    There is also an official out of station interchange with Northern Line services at the nearby Camden Town underground station.


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