Clacton-on-Sea railway station
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The station is one of the termini of the branch line to Colchester Town, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze which diverges from the Great Eastern Main Line at Colchester. The branch is promoted as the Sunshine Coast Line. There are frequent services between Clacton and London Liverpool Street.
The spur from Thorpe-le-Soken was built by the Clacton-on-Sea Railway and operated by the Great Eastern Railway. It opened in July 1882, some 15 years after the line to Walton-on-the-Naze was opened.
Services were steam-operated until electrification of the line took place, Clacton being first served by electric trains on 16 March 1959. Initially, the line was only electrified as far as Colchester, as part of British Railways experiments with 25kv AC electrification, rather than the previously preferred 1500v DC system. Through electrified services to London were introduced on 7 January 1963.
The station itself has a sizeable concourse sheltered by a glazed roof. There is a traction depot just outside the station, with some stabling sidings alongside the station itself.
Its name was changed from Clacton to Clacton-on-Sea railway station in May 2007.
Although services are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, the sign on top of the ticket office and main entrance still reads First Great Eastern; a reminder of the franchise holder prior to 2004.
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During the Monday-Friday peak, services are increased with four trains per hour. The last trains of the day starts and terminates at Colchester.
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- "Changes to National Rail timetable from Sunday 20th May 2007". National Rail. Retrieved 30 January 2014.