Kelvedon railway station

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Kelvedon National Rail
Kelvedon station building Jun2017.jpg
Place Kelvedon and Feering
Local authority District of Braintree
Coordinates 51°50′27.29″N 0°42′09.85″E / 51.8409139°N 0.7027361°E / 51.8409139; 0.7027361Coordinates: 51°50′27.29″N 0°42′09.85″E / 51.8409139°N 0.7027361°E / 51.8409139; 0.7027361
Grid reference TL862192
Station code KEL
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.827 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.813 million
2013/14 Increase 0.837 million
2014/15 Increase 0.854 million
2015/16 Increase 0.878 million
Original company Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
29 March 1843 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kelvedon from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kelvedon railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) in the East of England, serving the villages of Kelvedon and Feering, Essex. It is also the closest station to the settlements of Coggeshall and Tiptree. Kelvedon is 42 miles 18 chains (68.0 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street. It is situated between Witham to the west and Marks Tey and to the east.[1] Its three-letter station code is KEL.

The station was opened in 1843 by the Eastern Counties Railway. It is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station. To the north-east was a separate station called Kelvedon Low Level, which until 1951 was the terminus of the now disused Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway.


The section of the Eastern Counties Railway between Brentwood and Colchester was opened on 29 March 1843,[2] and one of the original stations on that section was Kelvedon.[3]

In common with most rural stations, Kelvedon handled local goods and a 1923 plan shows sidings with cattle pens on the up-side at the London end, and sidings with a goods shed on the down-side at the London end of the station.[4] There was also a large warehouse which was used by King Seeds for many years on the down-side.[5] The goods yard closed on 7 December 1964.[6]

There was a link line to Kelvedon Low Level railway station with a drop of 1 in 50, which joined the main line at the country end of the up line.[6]

The station complex was controlled by a signal box at the London end of the up platform which closed on 3 December 1961 when Witham power box became responsible for the section through to Marks Tey.[6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 17 October 1872, one passenger was killed and 16 people were injured in a derailment at Kelvedon. The 09:45 express service from Yarmouth to Bishopsgate left the tracks as it approached Kelvedon at a speed of up to 40 mph. A Board of Trade investigation blamed a suspension defect through lack of maintenance.[7]
  • On 4 October 2005, a team of track maintenance staff was working by a set of points at Kelvedon when the 13:30 passenger train from Norwich to Liverpool Street passed through the station. The team had taken refuge in a place of safety as the train passed, but one of them was injured by a steel threaded plug which flew off the moving locomotive, which was travelling at speed. The worker suffered a fracture to his skull and injury to his hand.[8]


The following services typically call at Kelvedon:[9]

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Hatfield Peverel - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Manningtree - Ipswich Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour in each direction Also calls at Ingatestone on Sundays
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Romford - Shenfield - Ingatestone - Chelmsford - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Colchester Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour in each direction Not Sundays


  1. ^ Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 5C. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8. 
  2. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1956) [1955]. The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan. pp. 8,214. 
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 129. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Victor E. (April 2011). Eastern Main Lines - Shenfield to Ipswich. Midhurst: Middleton Press. Plan VII. ISBN 978 1 906008 96 3. 
  5. ^ Mitchell 2011, Plate 58
  6. ^ a b c Mitchell 2011, Plate 60
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  9. ^ Table 11 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Disused railways
Interchange with Kelvedon (KTLR) on the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway