Elsenham railway station

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Elsenham National Rail
Elsenham
The waiting room on the southbound platform
Location
Place Elsenham
Local authority Uttlesford
Coordinates 51°55′16″N 0°13′41″E / 51.921°N 0.228°E / 51.921; 0.228Coordinates: 51°55′16″N 0°13′41″E / 51.921°N 0.228°E / 51.921; 0.228
Grid reference TL533270
Operations
Station code ESM
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.192 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.186 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.168 million
2007/08 Increase 0.181 million
2008/09 Increase 0.186 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.165 million
2010/11 Increase 0.173 million
2011/12 Increase 0.176 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.173 million
History
Key dates Opened 1845 (1845)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Elsenham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Elsenham railway station serves the village of Elsenham in Essex, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Greater Anglia. The ticket office (on the southbound platform) is staffed part-time, there are self-service ticket machines on each of the platforms (which are 'staggered', the northbound being north of the level crossing and the southbound being south of the level crossing) and a Permit to Travel machine is also available on the southbound platform. Electronic real-time 'Next Train' indicators are available on both platforms.

The station is 57 kilometres (35 mi) north of London Liverpool Street on the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge. It was opened in 1845 and retains its original layout with staggered platforms on either side of a road level crossing. From 1913 to 1952 it was the junction for the Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway.

Elsenham accidents[edit]

The pedestrian level crossing with the new footbridge added in 2007

On 3 December 2005, a train struck and killed two teenage girls on the station pedestrian crossing, next to the manually operated road level crossing, between the staggered platforms. Although flashing red lights and a klaxon sound indicated that a train was approaching, it is likely that they thought these applied to the train they wanted to catch to Cambridge, which was just pulling in to the opposite platform. The curvature of the line gives only 3 seconds visibility of an approaching non-stop train. A previous fatality of the same type had occurred in 1989.[1]

Previous risk assessments carried out by Network Rail in 2002 had identified potential dangers with the crossing and recommended the installation of gates that would lock automatically as trains approached, but this was not acted upon. In 2012 Network Rail was prosecuted for breaching health and safety law and fined £1 million for the accident.[2]

Since the accident, Network Rail responded to requests from the girls' families and erected a footbridge and installed locking gates at the foot crossing in August 2007. The accident led to a complete review by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of all pedestrian level crossings at stations.[1]

Service[edit]

There is an hourly service every day in each direction from Elsenham going towards Cambridge, northbound and London Liverpool Street southbound.

At peak times, the service becomes half-hourly in both directions. This is before 9am and from 5pm to 9pm.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stansted Mountfitchet or
Stansted Airport
  Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Newport
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Eastern Railway
Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway
  Mill Road Halt
Line and station closed