Colchester Town railway station

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Colchester Town
National Rail
Colchester Town railway station in 2008.jpg
LocationColchester, Borough of Colchester
Coordinates51°53′11.28″N 0°54′16.50″E / 51.8864667°N 0.9045833°E / 51.8864667; 0.9045833Coordinates: 51°53′11.28″N 0°54′16.50″E / 51.8864667°N 0.9045833°E / 51.8864667; 0.9045833
Grid referenceTM000248
Managed byGreater Anglia
Other information
Station codeCET
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyTendring Hundred Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 March 1866 (1866-03-01)Opened as St. Botolph's
8 July 1991Renamed Colchester Town
2015/16Steady 0.772 million
 Interchange Increase 1048
2016/17Increase 0.775 million
 Interchange Decrease 355
2017/18Decrease 0.758 million
 Interchange Decrease 306
2018/19Increase 0.771 million
 Interchange Increase 344
2019/20Decrease 0.736 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Colchester Town railway station is on the Sunshine Coast Line in the East of England, and is the secondary station serving the town of Colchester, Essex. It is 53 miles 76 chains (86.8 km) from London Liverpool Street.[1][2] Its three-letter station code is CET. The town's larger station is called Colchester (also known as Colchester North station to distinguish it) and is on the Great Eastern Main Line but is further away from the town centre.

The station was opened in 1866 by the Tendring Hundred Railway, a subsidiary of the Great Eastern Railway, with the name St. Botolph's. It was renamed Colchester Town in 1991.[3] It is currently operated by Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station.

As of 2017 there is only one platform, but there is space for a second which would make possible a more intensive service on the Sunshine Coast Line. However, since the Magistrates Court was built the station size has decreased, losing its car park and talks of adding an extra platform have been halted. To the east of the station, Colne Junction is the western extremity of a triangle which gives access towards Colchester station to the west and Hythe station to the east. The curve to the north from Colne Junction to East Gates Junction is sharp, with a continuous check rail which necessitates slow passage.


The following services typically call at Colchester Town during the off-peak:

Colchester Town is closed on Sundays, except during December when an hourly service operates to Walton-on-the-Naze. If engineering work on a Sunday closes Colchester station, Colchester Town is opened as an alternative.

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 720 1x per hour each direction Not Sundays
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 each direction Not Sundays
Greater Anglia Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 720 1x per hour each direction Not Sundays


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Padgett, David (October 2016) [1988]. Brailsford, Martyn (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (4th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. map 6A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 202, 65. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Colchester   Greater Anglia
Sunshine Coast Line