Althorne railway station

Coordinates: 51°38′53″N 0°45′07″E / 51.648°N 0.752°E / 51.648; 0.752
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National Rail
General information
LocationAlthorne, Maldon
Grid referenceTQ905979
Managed byGreater Anglia
Other information
Station codeALN
ClassificationDfT category F2
Original companyGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 July 1889Opened
2017/18Decrease 40,788
2018/19Increase 43,816
2019/20Decrease 39,690
2020/21Decrease 6,736
2021/22Increase 18,576
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Althorne railway station is on the Crouch Valley Line in the East of England, serving the village of Althorne, Essex. It is 40 miles 27 chains (64.92 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between North Fambridge to the west and Burnham-on-Crouch to the east. The station is managed by Greater Anglia who operate all services. The Engineer's Line Reference for line is WIS; the station's three-letter station code is ALN. The single platform, north of the running line, has an operational length for eight-coach trains.

The line and station were opened on 1 June 1889 for goods and on 1 October 1889 for passenger services by the Great Eastern Railway. The facilities included a single platform with station buildings, a goods yard, and a 30-lever signal box south of the station.[1] Two miles east of Althorne, Creeksea sidings (facing points in the "down" direction) received traffic to and from the Creeksea ferry from 1889 to 1947.[1]

Ownership passed to the London and North Eastern Railway following the Grouping of 1923, and then to the Eastern Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in 1948. When sectorisation was introduced, Althorne was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways. The goods yard closed on 19 December 1960, and the signal box on 21 January 1967. The level crossing to the east of the station was normally closed to road vehicles but was later converted to an automatic open crossing with lights.[1] Electrification of the Wickford to Southminster line using 25 kV overhead line electrification (OLE) was completed on 12 May 1986.


The typical off-peak service is of one train every 40 minutes westbound to Wickford and eastbound to Southminster with additional services at peak times. Some peak services continue to or from Shenfield and/or London Liverpool Street via the Great Eastern Main Line. On Sundays, the service is reduced is to hourly.

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Greater Anglia


  1. ^ a b c Mitchell, Vic (2010). Branch Lines to Southend and Southminster. Midhurst Sussex: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-906008-76-5.

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51°38′53″N 0°45′07″E / 51.648°N 0.752°E / 51.648; 0.752