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Highbury and Islington station

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Location  Highbury & Islington
Station code  HHY
Number of platforms  8
Managed by  London Underground
Opened  1872
Highbury & Islington station

Local authority  London Borough of Islington
DfT category  C2 (Great Northern platforms)F1 (London Overground)
Accessible  Yes (Overground platforms only)
Address  London N5 1RB, United Kingdom
London borough  London Borough of Islington
Similar  London Underground, Finsbury Park station, Moorgate station, Tottenham Hale station, King's Cross St Pancras t

Highbury & Islington is a London Underground and National Rail station in the London Borough of Islington in North London. It is served by the Victoria line, London Overground's East and North London Lines and Great Northern's Northern City Line.


On the Victoria line the station is between Finsbury Park and King's Cross St. Pancras stations. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2.


The current station derives from two earlier stations. The first, which was on the same site, was an impressive Victorian-gothic building, designed by Edwin Henry Horne, with a drive-in forecourt, built in 1850 as Islington by the North London Railway (NLR). Station reconstruction completed in 1872 when renamed Highbury & Islington

The second station, on the opposite side of Holloway Road, was opened on 28 June 1904 by the Great Northern & City Railway (GN&CR) on its underground line, between Finsbury Park and Moorgate. This line and stations were operated by the Metropolitan Railway and its successors from 1913 until 1975 when the line, by then called the Northern City Line, was transferred to British Rail. The route is now operated by Great Northern.

The NLR station was damaged by a V-1 flying bomb on 27 June 1944; however, its main building remained in use until it was demolished in the 1960s during the building of the Victoria line. The original westbound platform buildings remain, as does a small part of the original entrance to the left of the present station entrance.

Today's single-storey structure was built in the 1960s for the opening of the Victoria line on 1 September 1968 and is the entrance for all lines. When the escalators to the deep level platforms were opened the GN&CR station building was closed. Its disused entrance remains and was refurbished externally in 2006 – it houses signalling equipment for the Victoria line.

The Victoria line was built to give as many interchanges as possible with Underground and British Rail lines, with, wherever possible, cross-platform connection between different lines heading in the same direction. To this end at Highbury & Islington the northbound Northern City Line platform was reallocated to the southbound Victoria line to give a direct link between the two southbound platforms; a new northbound platform was constructed for each line; the northbound running NCL tunnel was diverted to its new platform; and the southbound Victoria tunnel was joined to the old northbound NCL tunnel.

Former train operating company Anglia Railways ran services known as London Crosslink from Norwich to Basingstoke via Stratford, which called at Highbury & Islington. This service operated from 2000 until 2002.

To allow new four-car trains to run on the London Overground network, the North London Line between Gospel Oak and Stratford was closed between February and May 2010 while a new signalling system was installed and 30 platforms were extended. During this closure, the Highbury & Islington station ticket hall was extended and step-free access installed to all of the London Overground platforms. The North London Line reopened on 1 June 2010; however, the East London Line platforms did not open until March 2011, whilst the Western Curve was reinstated, linking the station to Dalston Junction and the rest of the East London Line.


Highbury & Islington has a total of eight platforms, divided between those that are on the surface and those that are deep level:

  • Platform 1 – East London Line services to Crystal Palace
  • Platform 2 – East London Line services to West Croydon (Clapham Junction on Sundays)
  • Platform 3 – Northbound Victoria line
  • Platform 4 – Northbound Northern City Line
  • Platform 5 – Southbound Victoria line
  • Platform 6 – Southbound Northern City Line
  • Platform 7 – Westbound North London Line
  • Platform 8 – Eastbound North London Line
  • Surface platforms

    Platforms for North London Line (NLL) and East London Line (ELL) services are operated by London Overground. On 1 June 2010, following the temporary closure of the route from February 2010 to May 2010, NLL services were rerouted to the newly built platforms 7 and 8 for the AC lines, which replaced the old "special use" platform. Platforms 1 and 2, which previously served the NLL route on third rail lines were closed from February 2010 for reconstruction and reopened in 2011 for the ELL services. The change of platforms allows ELL services to operate without having to cross over NLL tracks. When the ELL extension to Clapham Junction was first instituted in December 2012, trains ran through to there from this station throughout the week. From the December 2014 timetable change though, they only do so on Sundays with West Croydon the second destination served alongside Crystal Palace on weekdays & Saturdays.

    Deep level platforms

    Platforms 3 to 6 are deep-level platforms. Platforms 3 and 5 are used for services on the Victoria line; 4 and 6 are used for Great Northern services.

    London Overground

    All times below are correct as of May 2016.

    East London Line

    Mondays to Saturdays there is a service every 6–9 minutes throughout the day, while on Sundays before 13:00 there is a service every 15 minutes, changing to every 7–8 minutes until the end of service after that.

    North London Line

    Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 7–8 minutes throughout the morning and evening peaks, changing to roughly every 10 minutes off-peak. On Saturdays the service is approximately every 10 minutes. Sunday services have now resumed and are similar in frequency to the services on Saturdays.

    Great Northern

    Mondays to Fridays there is a service approximately every 4–15 minutes until 10:00, when the frequency is every 10 minutes until 16:00, when the frequency again changes to between every 4–15 minutes until the end of service. Prior to December 2015, weekend and evening services were diverted to Kings Cross from Finsbury Park. Northbound trains run alternately to Welwyn Garden City and to Hertford North, with hourly extensions to Letchworth on weekdays and Stevenage at weekends.

    Victoria line

    Westbound there is a service every 2–5 minutes all day, all week. Eastbound there are services every 2–8 minutes all day, all week.


    London Buses routes 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277 and 393 and night routes N19 and N41 serve the station.


    Highbury & Islington station Wikipedia