Colchester Town railway station
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|Local authority||Borough of Colchester|
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|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 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 78 chains (86.9 km) from London Liverpool Street. 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. It is currently operated by Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station.
As of 2017[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. 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:
- 2 trains per hour (tph) to Colchester only;
- 1 tph to London Liverpool Street, calling at all stations to Witham then Chelmsford, Shenfield, Romford and Stratford;
- 1 tph to Walton-on-the-Naze, calling at all intermediate stations.
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.
|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|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sunshine Coast Line