Clacton-on-Sea railway station

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Clacton-on-Sea National Rail
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Location
Place Clacton-on-Sea
Local authority Tendring
Coordinates 51°47′37″N 1°09′15″E / 51.7936°N 1.1541°E / 51.7936; 1.1541Coordinates: 51°47′37″N 1°09′15″E / 51.7936°N 1.1541°E / 51.7936; 1.1541
Grid reference TM176153
Operations
Station code CLT
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.699 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.665 million
2006/07 Increase 0.707 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.704 million
2008/09 Increase 0.718 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.661 million
2010/11 Increase 0.714 million
2011/12 Increase 0.753 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.743 million
History
Key dates Opened July 1882 (July 1882)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clacton-on-Sea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Clacton-on-Sea railway station is one of the eastern termini of the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the town of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Its three-letter station code is CLT. The preceding station on the line is Thorpe-le-Soken.

The station was opened in 1882 with the name Clacton.[1] It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving the station.

The branch diverges from the Great Eastern Main Line at Colchester wherefrom trains run to either Colchester Town, Walton-on-the-Naze or Clacton-on-Sea. Clacton is on a spur from Thorpe-le-Soken which was built by the Clacton-on-Sea Railway and originally operated by the Great Eastern Railway. It opened some 15 years after the line to Walton was opened.[2]

Services were steam-operated until the line was electrified, with Clacton first seeing 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 Liverpool Street were introduced on 7 January 1963.[3]

Clacton station 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 to Clacton-on-Sea in May 2007.[4]

Services[edit]

Class 321 trains terminating at Clacton-on-Sea

The typical service is one train per hour to London Liverpool Street, calling at Thorpe-le-Soken, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Shenfield and Stratford.

During peak hours the service level is increased to four trains per hour. The last trains of the day start and terminate at Colchester.

Trains are usually formed of Class 321 or Class 360 electric multiple units.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, Cecil J (1975). The Great Eastern Railway (Third ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 237. ISBN 07110 0659 8. 
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1986). PSL Field Guide, Railways of the Eastern Region; Vol 1: Southern Operating Area. Wellingborough: Patrick Stevens Ltd. p. 45. ISBN 0-85059-712-9. 
  3. ^ A Regional History of the railways of Great Britain; Vol 5; Eastern Counties; D I Gordon; Newton Abbot; 1968 p66
  4. ^ "Changes to National Rail timetable from Sunday 20th May 2007". National Rail. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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