Great Bentley railway station
|Great Bentley station house, situated on the Eastbound Platform 2.|
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|8 January 1866||Station opens as Bentley Green|
|1877||Renamed to Great Bentley|
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|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Great Bentley from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Great Bentley railway station (formerly Bentley Green railway station) is a staffed railway station serving Great Bentley in Essex, England. The station is located 60 miles (97 km) north east of London Liverpool Street on the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line. The station is located at street level on Station Road in the centre of the village. The railway station is owned by Network Rail and managed by Greater Anglia who operate all services to London Liverpool Street, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze. The station is also used by commuters from the nearby town of Brightlingsea as well as Frating, Thorrington and St Osyth.
There are two platforms. Platform 1 is for services towards Colchester and London Liverpool Street. Platform 2 is for services towards Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. The service frequency at Great Bentley varies throughout the day. Hourly local services operate to Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze during the Off-Peak, and frequent express services operate to London Liverpool Street and Clacton-on-Sea during the Peak hours.
Both platforms are much lower than is usual for those on the British railway network.
Train services 
July 1922 
The following services called during the summer of 1922 (the last year of operation by the Great Eastern Railway) 8 up services (weekdays/Saturdays) 9 down services (weekdays/Saturdays) 4 up services (Sunday) 3 down services (Sunday)
June 1956 
17 up services to Colchester (weekdays/Saturdays) 15 down services to Clacton (weekdays/Saturdays)
Summer 1972 
17 up services to Colchester (weekdays) 18 down services to Clacton (weekdays) Some services worked through to London Liverpool Street. On Summer Saturdays 24 down and 21 up trains called at Great Bentley.
December 2012 
The following services currently call at Great Bentley:
|Greater Anglia||London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Witham - Colchester - Wivenhoe - Alresford - Great Bentley - Thorpe-le-Soken - Clacton-on-Sea||Class 321, Class 360||1x per hour||Sundays only|
|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||Monday-Saturday|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Line open, station closed
|Great Eastern Railway||
Line and station open
The station opened in 1866 as Bentley Green before changing to its current name of Great Bentley in 1877.
In 1859 the Tendring Hundred Railway Company was formed to extend the line from Hythe to Wivenhoe which opened on 8 May 1863 for both passenger and goods services from Colchester. By the time the Wivenhoe extension opened the line was operated by the GER Great Eastern Railway who bought the line from the Tendring Hunded Railway in 1883.
The line was then extended to Weeley on 8 January 1866.
Initially the station was served by a single track but the line was doubled between Great Bentley and Thorpe-le-Soken by the Great Eastern Railway in 1891. The Wivenhoe to Great Bentley section was doubled in 1898.
Operation of the station passed to the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.
In 1948 the station became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.
The 1955 modernisation plan proposed the electrification of the line through Great Bentley and electric services commenced on 13 April 1959.
Car park extension 
In December 2009, Network Rail gave its approval to Great Bentley Parish Council to turn the disused railway siding adjacent to Platform 2 of the railway station into a car park. Once built, it will significantly increase the current parking capacity at the station and will hopefully put an end to the ongoing congestion problems in the village. The car park will also attract commuters to use the station from nearby towns and villages without a rail link, such as Brightlingsea, Frating, Thorrington and St Osyth. A growth in the passenger usage at Great Bentley should result in more express trains stopping here. In April 2010, Network Rail confirmed they have completed all their checks and procedures regarding the proposed car park and are ready to begin negotiating a lease with the Parish Council.
After numerous delays, the new car park opened in January 2013.
When built the two platforms were linked with a lattice footbridge. This was taken down in the 1950s when the line was being prepared for electrification.
The signal box was located at the east end of the up platform and had 25 levers for the signals and points.
There was a small goods yard with two to the east of the station which had cattle pens, coal wharves and an end loading ramp. In later years the main traffic was coal, agricultural fertilisers and sugar beet. Closure date of the yard was in the 1950s (confirmation needed)
In 2013 the facilities at Great Bentley include a ticket office.
Bus services 
The following bus services stop outside the station forecourt.
- Bradshaws July 1922 Railway Guide (reprint) DAVID AND CHARLES 1985
- Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 27 S Jenkins July 2002 ISSN 0143-0866
- Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 27 S Jenkins
- Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 24 S Jenkins
- Plans for new car park at Great Bentley railway station 06/04/2009
- Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 28 S Jenkins
- Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 27 S Jenkins
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