Braintree railway station

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Braintree National Rail
Braintree station in 2013.JPG
Location
Place Braintree
Local authority Braintree
Coordinates 51°52′31″N 0°33′25″E / 51.8753°N 0.5569°E / 51.8753; 0.5569Coordinates: 51°52′31″N 0°33′25″E / 51.8753°N 0.5569°E / 51.8753; 0.5569
Grid reference TL760227
Operations
Station code BTR
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 1
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.760 million
2005/06 Increase 0.779 million
2006/07 Increase 0.846 million
2007/08 Increase 0.892 million
2008/09 Increase 0.908 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.813 million
2010/11 Increase 0.832 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.819 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.815 million
History
Original company Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
2 October 1848 (1848-10-02) Opened as Braintree
22 February 1869 Re-sited
19 October 1910 Renamed Braintree & Bocking
After 1948 Renamed Braintree
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Braintree from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Braintree railway station is the northern terminus of the Braintree Branch Line from Witham in the East of England, serving the town of Braintree, Essex. It is 17 miles 72 chains (28.8 km) up-line from Bishop's Stortford (from where a former branch line once ran); the preceding station on the route is Braintree Freeport to the south. Its three-letter station code is BTR.

The station is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving it.

History[edit]

Braintree railway station in 1962

There have been two stations at Braintree. The first, which was the northern terminus of the Maldon, Witham & Braintree Railway, opened on 2 October 1848.[1] That station was closed to passengers with the opening of the Bishop's Stortford, Dunmow & Braintree Railway on 22 February 1869,[2] when the old terminus was replaced by a through-station on the new line.[1] It continued as a goods depot until 1964.[citation needed] The new station was named Braintree & Bocking on 19 October 1910, but reverted to its original name of Braintree between 1948 and 1953.[1] The station once featured in many model railway sets as "Braintree & Bocking" was the printed station name in the Airfix railway accessories.[3][4] Passenger services on the route between Braintree and Bishop's Stortford ceased on 3 March 1952.[2]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is of one train per hour to Witham, where Monday-Saturday services continue onto the Great Eastern Main Line for London Liverpool Street. On Sundays services terminate at Witham and passengers travelling on towards London must change for a connecting train.

Services are typically formed by Class 321 electric multiple units, but occasionally Class 360 units may be utilised.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 42. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ a b Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 118. CN 8983. 
  3. ^ Rail (671). 1 June 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[full citation needed]
  4. ^ Branch Lines Around Witham and Kelvedon

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Paye, (2010). Bishop's Stortford, Dunmow and Braintree Branch. Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-708-2. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Braintree Freeport   Abellio Greater Anglia
Braintree Branch Line
  Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus   Bishop's Stortford-Braintree Branch Line   Rayne