Yup I use the train from there most days. If I get the train before 8am I generally get on but yes it's a bit squished to Finsbury Park. Between 8- 8.30 it's a bit of a bun fight and quite often I have to get the next train. They could solve the issue or relieve it if they had more trains stopping there between 8-8.30 but that's probably a far too sensible solution. But despite that half hour I wouldn't move, it's a great place to live, hope that helps.
Ditto I worked near Moorgate Station for 4 years and used to get the 141 every day. My journey was about usually 45 minutes door to door, so a bit longer, but I always got a seat and it was a pretty relaxed journey. It's also substantially cheaper than getting the tube/train
I think the origin of the train makes a difference. I used to always get the 8.20 (from Welwyn Garden City) and could get on, but the 8.16 (from Stevenage) and 8.25 (from Hertford North) were rammed - although could get on those trains maybe 70% of the time. If I did get on the trains mentioned at Harringay - I'd normally get a seat at Finsbury Park or Highbury & Islington at the latest.
Depending on where you'll be located, the Tube from Manor House is also a fairly easy option. I cycle now, and can get to Liverpool Street in 25 mins, so that could also be an option.
There is some relief in prospect. Go-Ahead, who've just taken over the Thameslink/Great Northern franchise are committed to ordering new trains for the Moorgate service & improving the timetable. But it will be probably be at least two to three years before the new trains arrive.
Quite so. The timetable change should make quite a difference - big increase in services on the Hertford Loop should mean that trains that serve Harringay are less busy.
Once Thameslink comes through in 2018 it will rather shake up all the service patterns (though those trains are unlikely to stop at Harringay/Hornsey in the short term).
I use Harringay around 7:45-8:00AM. It's rare that I can't get on the first train that comes. It's often horribly busy, but only for the two minutes to Finsbury Park - after that lots of people get off so Moorgate-bound people can often get a seat.
Depending where you end up in Harringay, you may be much nearer a bus stop than the station, so although a
bus-to-Manor-House / Piccadilly-line-to-Finsbury-Park / Victoria-Line-to-Highbury&Islington / Gt Northern-to-Moorgate
sequence looks very fiddly, there's a bus every 2-3 minutes, and the Piccadilly/Victoria and Victoria/Gt Northern changes are cross-platform so are quick, and you've more chance of getting on at Highbury than Harringay.
PS Harringay station is in zone 3, Manor House tube station is in the cheaper zone 2, and if you have an Annual Season ticket you get the buses for free anyway.