Chelmsford railway station

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Chelmsford National Rail
Chelmsford
Location
Place Chelmsford
Local authority Borough of Chelmsford, Essex
Grid reference TL705070
Operations
Station code CHM
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 6.698 million
2005/06 Increase 6.801 million
2006/07 Increase 7.113 million
2007/08 Increase 7.448 million
2008/09 Decrease 7.375 million
2009/10 Decrease 6.935 million
2010/11 Increase 7.336 million
2011/12 Increase 7.877 million
2012/13 Increase 8.002 million
History
Key dates Opened 1842 (1842)
1985 Rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chelmsford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Chelmsford railway station is the railway station for the city of Chelmsford in Essex, England. The station is located on the Great Eastern Main Line and served by the train company Abellio Greater Anglia. At Chelmsford trains run to London Liverpool Street, Ipswich, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Harwich, Braintree and Norwich.

History[edit]

The old signal box above the canopy

The Eastern Counties Railway arrived in 1842, but due to the geography of the town, an 18-arch viaduct had to be built across what is now the town park. The station was built slightly to the north of the present station.[1] The building on today's site was constructed in 1885 Chelmsford#Rail by the Great Eastern Railway(into which the Eastern Counties Railway had been merged) with a three-storey frontage. The present station building dates from a rebuild in 1985. There were three lines through the station, two platform lines and an avoiding line between them. An unusual signal box (being some 5 stories high at the rear) on the up platform controlled the station including, at the eastern end, a set of sidings that served the Hoffman ball bearing factory. The signal box ceased to be used in 1994. The avoiding line has been removed and the sidings were reduced to serve only a mail sorting office and building materials yard. As of 2009 these sidings were overgrown and little used but the unused signal box still exists. Avoiding lines to the north of the station are used by the three early morning trains that start from Chelmsford and the two late evening trains that terminate at Chelmsford.

Description[edit]

The railway is elevated on a viaduct so the platforms are above street level.

Services[edit]

The typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service consists of:

On Sundays this becomes:

  • 2 tph to London Liverpool Street.
  • 1 tph to Clacton-on-Sea.
  • 1 tph to Ipswich.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
Dutchflyer
London-Amsterdam
Historical railways
Anglia Railways

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. J. Wignall 'British Railways Maps & Gazetteer 1825-1985', 1985

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°44′10.97″N 0°28′07.74″E / 51.7363806°N 0.4688167°E / 51.7363806; 0.4688167