Kirby Cross railway station

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Kirby Cross National Rail
Kirby Cross railway station forecourt.jpg
Location
Place Kirby Cross
Local authority Tendring
Grid reference TM215207
Operations
Station code KBX
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 42,266
2012/13 Increase 43,816
2013/14 Decrease 40,400
2014/15 Increase 40,430
2015/16 Increase 41,618
History
Original company Tendring Hundred Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
8 January 1866 (1866-01-08) Opened
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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 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[1] 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.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Tendring Hundred Railway, a subsidiary of the Great Eastern Railway, in 1866.[2]

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.[3] The buildings were subsequently offered to Tendring Borough Council for £1 each, should the council wish to renovate them.[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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'.[5]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is:

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency Notes
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/railref/ref-ge.html
  2. ^ Johnson, I: Turning Point: The Story of Kirby le Soken, Essex, page 107. Regency Press, 1982.
  3. ^ http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14445914.Petition_to_fight_Abellio_Greater_Anglia_plans_to_demolish_the_Alresford_Railway_Station_house/
  4. ^ "Abellio offers council three disused stations for £1 each". Gazette. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/DoT_KirkbyCross1981.pdf

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Sunshine Coast Line
Walton branch

Coordinates: 51°50′28″N 1°12′54″E / 51.841°N 1.215°E / 51.841; 1.215