Alresford (Essex) railway station

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For the station of the same name in Hampshire, see Alresford (Hampshire) railway station.
Alresford National Rail
Alresford (Essex) railway station 062188.jpg
Location
Place Alresford
Local authority Tendring
Grid reference TM064215
Operations
Station code ALR
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 49,386
2005/06 Decrease 45,144
2006/07 Increase 48,966
2007/08 Decrease 46,833
2008/09 Increase 50,888
2009/10 Increase 56,012
2010/11 Increase 62,516
2011/12 Decrease 58,734
2012/13 Decrease 57,342
2013/14 Increase 57,480
2014/15 Increase 62,098
History
8 January 1866 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Alresford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Alresford railway station is on the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the village of Alresford, Essex. It is 57 miles 63 chains (93.0 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street[1] and is situated between Wivenhoe to the west and Great Bentley to the east. In official literature it is shown as Alresford (Essex) in order to distinguish it from the station of the same name in Hampshire. Its three-letter station code is ALR.

The station was opened by the Tendring Hundred Railway, a subsidiary of the Great Eastern Railway, in 1866. It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving the station.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 8 January 1866 by the Tendring Hundred Railway, then owned by the Great Eastern Railway. It later became part of the London and North Eastern Railway following the Grouping of 1923, and then passed to the Eastern Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in 1948. After sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Rail.

Prior to the electrification of the line, the ticket clerk operated the level crossing gates, the home and distant signals on both the "up" (London-bound) and "down" (country-bound) lines, and his own level crossing gate lock and the one for the level crossing a short distance down the line, at all times that the signal box was unmanned. Edward Burbage fulfilled this duty for nearly 50 years. The crossing gates were replaced with automatic barriers as part of an upgrade of the line in 2008 and 2009.[2]

Tickets are sold from a small cabin close to Station Road as the original station building has been disused for many years but has been maintained by volunteers. In 2016 it was reported that the line franchisee, Abellio Greater Anglia, plans to demolish the station building and provide platform shelters in its place. It also plans to demolish the station buildings at Weeley and Kirby Cross.[3]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service pattern is:

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
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 Monday-Saturday
Abellio 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

At peak times there are some additional services between Liverpool Street and Clacton-on-Sea.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Line and station open
Great Eastern Railway
Tendring Hundred Extension Railway
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 51°51′14″N 0°59′49″E / 51.85389°N 0.99694°E / 51.85389; 0.99694