Colchester Town railway station
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|Local authority||Borough of Colchester, Essex|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Tendring Hundred Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1 March 1866||Opened as St Botolph's|
|8 July 1991||Renamed Colchester Town|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
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Colchester Town railway station serves the town centre of Colchester in Essex, England. It is located at the end of a short spur off the Colchester to Clacton line. It was formerly known as St Botolph's. The station is better situated for access to the town centre than the main station, known locally (but unofficially) as Colchester North. The High Street and main shopping streets are within easy walking distance. The station is manned with a ticket office, and the platform is open (without ticket gates).
As of 2013[update] 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. To the east of the station, Colne Junction is the western extremity of a triangle which gives access towards Colchester and Hythe stations. The curve to the north from Colne Junction to East Gates Junction is a sharp one with a continuous check rail, which necessitates slow passage.
The car park adjacent to the station was one of the sites considered for Colchester's new bus station. The town's county court will now be built on the car park site instead.
The following services currently call at Colchester:
|Abellio Greater Anglia||London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Colchester Town||Class 321, Class 360||1x per hour||Not Sundays|
|Abellio 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||Not Sundays|
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Colchester - Colchester Town||Class 321, Class 360||1x per hour||Not Sundays|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Colchester||Abellio Greater Anglia
Sunshine Coast Line
|Terminus||Abellio Greater Anglia
Sunshine Coast Line
The typical Monday-Saturday off peak service is as follows:
- 2 trains per hour to Colchester only.
- 1 train per hour to Walton-on-the-Naze, calling at Hythe (Essex), Wivenhoe, Alresford, Great Bentley, Weeley, Thorpe-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Frinton-on-Sea.
- 1 train per hour to London Liverpool Street, calling at Colchester, Marks Tey, Kelvedon, Witham, Chelmsford, Shenfield, Romford and Stratford.
Colchester Town railway station is closed on Sundays. The station is open on Sundays during December for Christmas shoppers - an hourly service operates to Walton during this period.
If engineering works on a Sunday closes Colchester station, Colchester Town is opened to serve trains to/from Clacton-on-Sea.