Colchester Town railway station

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Colchester Town National Rail
Colchester Town
Location
Place Colchester
Local authority Borough of Colchester, Essex
Coordinates 51°53′11″N 0°54′17″E / 51.8865°N 0.9046°E / 51.8865; 0.9046Coordinates: 51°53′11″N 0°54′17″E / 51.8865°N 0.9046°E / 51.8865; 0.9046
Grid reference TM000248
Operations
Station code CET
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.163 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.161 million
2006/07 Increase 0.457 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.443 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.395 million
2009/10 Steady 0.395 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.381 million
2011/12 Increase 0.464 million
2012/13 Increase 0.743 million
History
Original company Tendring Hundred Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
1 March 1866 (1866-03-01) Opened as St Botolph's
8 July 1991 Renamed Colchester Town
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Colchester Town from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Colchester Town railway station serves the town centre of Colchester in Essex, England. It is located at the end of a short spur off the Colchester to Clacton line. It was formerly known as St Botolph's. The station is better situated for access to the town centre than the main station, known locally (but unofficially) as Colchester North. The High Street and main shopping streets are within easy walking distance. The station is manned with a ticket office, and the platform is open (without ticket gates).

The station was opened on 1 March 1866 by the Tendring Hundred Railway, a subsidiary of the Great Eastern Railway. Originally named St Botolph's, it was renamed Colchester Town on 8 July 1991.[1]

As of 2013 there is only one platform, but there is space for a second which would make possible a more intensive service on the Sunshine Coast line. To the east of the station, Colne Junction is the western extremity of a triangle which gives access towards Colchester and Hythe stations. The curve to the north from Colne Junction to East Gates Junction is a sharp one with a continuous check rail, which necessitates slow passage.

The car park adjacent to the station was one of the sites considered for Colchester's new bus station. The town's county court will now be built on the car park site instead.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Colchester:

Operator Route Material Frequency Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour Not Sundays
Abellio Greater Anglia Colchester - Colchester Town - Hythe - Wivenhoe - Alresford - Great Bentley - Weeley - Thorpe-le-Soken - Kirby Cross - Frinton-on-Sea - Walton-on-the-Naze Class 321 1x per hour Not Sundays
Abellio Greater Anglia Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour Not Sundays
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Colchester   Abellio Greater Anglia
Sunshine Coast Line
  Hythe
Terminus

Service patterns[edit]

The typical Monday-Saturday off peak service is as follows:

Colchester Town railway station is closed on Sundays. The station is open on Sundays during December for Christmas shoppers - an hourly service operates to Walton during this period.

If engineering works on a Sunday closes Colchester station, Colchester Town is opened to serve trains to/from Clacton-on-Sea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 202, 65. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 

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