Colchester Town railway station

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Colchester Town National Rail
Colchester Town railway station in 2008.jpg
Location
PlaceColchester
Local authorityBorough 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
Operations
Station codeCET
Managed byGreater Anglia
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.762 million
2014/15Increase 0.772 million
– Interchange Increase 533
2015/16Steady 0.772 million
– Interchange Increase 1048
2016/17Increase 0.775 million
– Interchange Decrease 355
2017/18Decrease 0.758 million
– Interchange Decrease 306
History
Original companyTendring Hundred Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
1 March 1866 (1866-03-01)Opened as St. Botolph's
8 July 1991Renamed Colchester Town
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Colchester Town from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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.

Services[edit]

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 360 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, Class 360 1x per hour each direction Not Sundays
Greater Anglia Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour each direction Not Sundays

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/railref/ref-ge.html
  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.

External links[edit]

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