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London North Eastern Railway

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Originally a small market town and a popular stop for travellers to the prosperous south, Watford significantly expanded after the opening of the London and North Western Railway in the late 1830s. The strong rail links to the capital enticed a large number of manufacturers, printers and breweries to take up the cheaper, well-positioned land, and a population boom followed. It’s a similar story today, with several national and multi-national companies maintaining headquarters in the town. Watford’s first station opened in 1838 on the west side of St Albans Road. It still stands today and is known locally as the Old Station House. Watford Junction was built in 1858 a few hundred yards from the original building, then redeveloped in 1909 and again in 1984. The latest incarnation is a major hub where several lines converge – trains run to central and southeast London, as well as to destinations in the East and West Midlands.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Booking Office and Travel Centre
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:30 - 23:00
Saturday 05:30 - 23:00
Sunday 06:30 - 22:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Please note that staff help is only available when the ticket office is open.

To ensure that we provide the best service possible we recommend that customers who require assistance book with us and provide at least 1 working day's notice. We will always aim to assist customers whether they have booked assistance or not. Booking assistance gives you the extra reassurance that your needs will be met.

Customer Service notes

We are open from 07:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and all Bank Holidays except Christmas Day. A recorded message service is available outside of these hours.

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces750
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£305.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces180
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
station forecourt
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Level access from main entrance to subway. Lifts to platforms 1 to 4 and 6 to 10, also 24 steps up to platforms.

Platform 11 can be accessed step-free via platform 10 and walking route via pathway behind buffer stop.


Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

Watford Junction has eleven platforms, accessed via a subway, stairs and lifts from the main entrance and ticket hall. Platforms 1 to 4 are bay platforms opposite the south end of platform 6, and service the London Overground. All other platforms service national rail, with 6 closest to the entrance and 11 on the far side of the station, accessed via a pathway from platform 10. There is also direct access to platforms 9 and 10 from the long-stay car park.

Departures and arrivals from Watford Junction

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Watford Junction station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London EustonLondon Overground22:304On time
to NorthamptonWest Midlands Trains22:398Late
to London EustonLondon Overground22:454On time
to WolverhamptonAvanti West Coast22:458On time
to London EustonWest Midlands Trains22:489On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London EustonLondon Overground22:374On time
from London EustonWest Midlands Trains22:388Late
from London EustonLondon Overground22:484On time
from Milton Keynes CentralWest Midlands Trains22:489On time
from Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains23:019On time
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