|Location Chipping Barnet|
2012 2.88 million
Address Barnet, United Kingdom
|Managed by London Underground|
Fare zone 5
2013 2.80 million
Number of platforms 3
|Similar London Underground, Mill Hill East tube station, Totteridge & Whetston, Morden tube station, Woodside Park tube station|
High Barnet is a London Underground station, and former railway station, located in Chipping Barnet in North London. The station is the terminus of the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and is in Travelcard Zone 5. It is the northernmost station on the Northern line and is situated 10.2 miles (16.4 km) north north-west of Charing Cross. The next station south is Totteridge & Whetstone.
Northern line trains are scheduled to arrive and depart every 3–9 minutes from the station's three southbound platforms, with trains operating to Morden via Bank or to Kennington or Morden via Charing Cross.
In the early hours of the morning, between about 00:00 and 01:00, departing trains run as far as East Finchley only, from where journeys to central London can be continued by night bus N20, which also serves High Barnet station itself.
When trains are no longer required to run on the Northern line, they may be stabled on the sidings to the east of the station.
High Barnet station was planned by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway (EH&LR) and was originally opened on 1 April 1872 by the Great Northern Railway (which had taken over the EH&LR) on the original site of the Barnet Faire. It was the terminus of the branch of a line that ran from Finsbury Park to Edgware via Highgate.
After the 1921 Railways Act created the "Big Four" railway companies the line was, from 1923, part of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). The section of the High Barnet branch north of East Finchley was incorporated into the London Underground network through the "Northern Heights" project begun in the late 1930s. High Barnet station was first served by Northern line trains on 14 April 1940 and, after a period where the station was served by both operators, LNER services ended in 1941. The station still retains much of its original Victorian architectural character today, a considerable number of platform buildings dating from the pre-LT era.
In the Autumn 2008, a new train crew accommodation block began construction immediately to the south west of the station in part of the station's car park. This accommodation was opened on 31 January 2010.
Also further improvements have been introduced: A new covered step-free entrance from the car park to platform one is now available, along with a ramp at the end of the platform connecting it to platforms two and three. There are also two accessible toilets now available. These works were fully completed in October 2009. Therefore, there is full step-free access coverage in the station, although a considerably steep path to the station still exists if approaching from the north and a steep approach from the road to station level from the south also remains.
Many London Buses Routes serve the station on nearby roads near High Barnet Station but access between the bus stops and the station is not ideal (involving fairly long walks and road crossings). This is due to the position of High Barnet Station in the surrounding steep geography of Barnet Hill. Buses serving roads near the station are:
From Meadway stop P (northbound) - at the top of the steep pedestrian path leading north from the station entrance and turn right:
From Barnet Hill stop N (southbound) - at the top of the steep pedestrian path leading north from the station entrance and cross Meadway:
From Barnet Hill stop R (southbound) - turn left outside station entrance and follow pedestrian path adjacent to car park, bus stop is located at the junction between this path and Barnet Hill:
From Barnet Hill stop Q (northbound) - turn left outside station entrance and follow pedestrian path adjacent to car park, turn right at the junction with Barnet Hill, cross at the pelican crossing, turn right up Barnet Hill and across Milton Avenue to bus stop. Alternatively walk to the top of the steep pedestrian path leading north from the station entrance, cross Barnet Hill and turn left down Barnet Hill (allow at least five minutes to reach this stop either way):