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Finsbury Park London Underground National Rail
Finsbury Park tube stn entrance Station Place.JPG
Eastern entrance on Station Place
Finsbury Park is located in Greater London
Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park
Location of Finsbury Park in Greater London
Location Finsbury Park
Local authority London Borough of Islington
Managed by Great Northern
London Underground
Station code FPK
Number of platforms 10 (6 National Rail, 4 Underground)
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2008 Decrease 26.300 million
2009 Decrease 23.214 million
National Rail annual entry and exit
2007–08 Increase 5.546 million
— interchange  Increase 2.422 million
2008–09 Decrease 5.494 million
— interchange  Increase 2.629 million
2009–10 Increase 6.566 million
— interchange  Decrease 2.529 million
2010–11 Increase 7.337 million
— interchange  Decrease 1.411 million
Railway companies
Original company Great Northern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1850 Tracks laid
1861 Opened (GNR)
1867 Opened (Edgware branch)
1904 Opened (GN&CR)
1906 Opened as terminus (GNP&BR)
1932 Became through station (Piccadilly)
1954 Closed (Edgware branch, passengers)
1964 Closed (Northern City Line)
1968 Opened (Victoria)
1970 Closed (Edgware branch)
1976 Opened (Northern City Line)
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  • Layout
  • Facilities
  • Buses

Finsbury Park Station is a busy transport interchange in North London. The interchange consists of an interconnected National Rail station, London Underground station and two bus stations. The main entrances are by the eastern bus station on Station Place. The National Rail ticket office here lies in between one entrance marked by the Underground roundel symbol, while the other is marked by the National Rail symbol, and provides direct access to the main line platforms. There is another exit by the western bus station along Wells Terrace, incorporating the Underground ticket office, plus a narrow side entrance to the south on the A503 Seven Sisters Road. The complex is in Travelcard Zone 2.

Current services

National Rail

The above-ground National Rail station, which has a separate ticket office to the Underground station, is managed and served by First Capital Connect. Trains from Moorgate and King's Cross form inner suburban services to Welwyn Garden City and Hertford North and outer suburban services start from Kings Cross towards Peterborough and Cambridge. Inner suburban service do not serve the Moorgate branch during late evenings and at weekends, being diverted to King's Cross station instead. There are six platforms, but only five tracks, given that platforms 4 and 5 share a track. Platform 1 is used by London Moorgate services heading into London, platform 6 by Moorgate services heading northbound. Platforms 2 (southbound) and 3 (northbound) by Kings Cross services, usually fast but sometimes stopping. Platforms 4/5 by stopping northbound trains from Kings Cross.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
King's Cross station   First Capital Connect
Great Northern stopping
(late evenings and weekends only)
Drayton Park First Capital Connect
Northern City Line
(Weekdays only)
Kings Cross   First Capital Connect
Great Northern semi-fast
  Potters Bar
Disused railways
King's Cross
York Road
  British Rail
Eastern Region
City Widened Lines
Kings Cross
  Edgware, Highgate & London   Stroud Green

London Underground

The station is served by the Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Although thought of as a 'deep-level' tube station, Finsbury Park has neither lifts nor escalators as its lines are less than 20' (6.1 m) below street level, though there used to be lifts from the high-level platforms to the tube level. These were the last hydraulically operated lifts on LT. The access to the Piccadilly and Victoria line platforms is by staircase only, reached via two narrow passages that physically prevent the installation of automatic ticket barriers - remarkable, considering its Zone 2 location. Manual ticket inspections do, however, regularly take place. Oystercard readers are available for "pay as you go" customers.

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Uxbridge or Heathrow Airport
(Terminal 4 or Terminal 5)
Piccadilly line
towards Cockfosters
towards Brixton
Victoria line
    Abandoned Northern Heights Extension    
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Stroud Green
towards Bushey Heath
Northern line
Drayton Park
towards Moorgate
Stroud Green
towards Alexandra Palace
Northern line

Related pages

  • Graham Bond musician (died at the station).
    • Seven Sisters Road entrance to underground station, 1909
    • Wells Terrace entrance, 1925
    • Ticket office, 1934, when the Northern City Line was still operated by the Metropolitan Line
    • LNER Station, 1935

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