Kirby Cross railway station
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
|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|
|8 January 1866||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kirby Cross from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Kirby Cross railway station is on the Walton section of the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the village of Kirby Cross, Essex. It is 67 miles 53 chains (108.9 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Thorpe-le-Soken to the west and Frinton-on-Sea to the east. Its three-letter station code is KBX.
It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving the station.
The station has two platforms with eastbound and westbound lines, but either side of the station the line is single-track.
The original station building has been disused for many years and had not been staffed since the 1990s. In 2016 it was reported that the line franchisee, Abellio Greater Anglia, planned to demolish the station building and provide platform shelters in its place. It also planned to demolish the station buildings at Weeley and Alresford. The buildings were subsequently offered to Tendring Borough Council for £1 each, should the council wish to renovate them.
Accidents and incidents
On 5 April 1981 eight people were injured in a low-speed head-on collision on the single-track line just east of Kirby Cross after an empty stock train passed a signal at 'danger'. The empty train collided with the 6:49 pm service for Thorpe-le-Soken which was carrying 20 passengers, of whom five were hospitalised. An investigation confirmed the empty train's driver erroneously passed the signal at 'danger'.
The typical off-peak service is:
|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|
Passengers for Clacton-on-Sea must change at Thorpe-le-Soken for a connecting service. On Sundays passengers for Colchester must change at Thorpe-le-Soken.
During peak hours there are some additional services to and from London Liverpool Street.
- Johnson, I: Turning Point: The Story of Kirby le Soken, Essex, page 107. Regency Press, 1982.
- "Abellio offers council three disused stations for £1 each". Gazette. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
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Sunshine Coast Line
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