Southend Central railway station

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Southend Central National Rail
Southend Central - - 41377.jpg
Place Clifftown Road
Local authority Borough of Southend on Sea
Grid reference TQ881855
Station code SOC
Managed by c2c
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 2.791 million
2005/06 Increase 3.018 million
2006/07 Decrease 1.695 million
2007/08 Increase 1.904 million
2008/09 Decrease 1.821 million
2009/10 Increase 1.839 million
2010/11 Decrease 1.808 million
2011/12 Increase 2.086 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.996 million
2013/14 Decrease 1.955 million
Key dates Opened 1856 (1856)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Southend Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Southend Central is a railway station on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. Train services are provided by the National Express Group train operating company c2c. It is located in Southend Town Centre on Clifftown Road in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, SS1 1AB, just off the middle of Southend High Street and down the road from Southend Travel Centre with easy access to bus services and South Essex College and the University of Essex Southend Campus, to which it is adjacent. It was opened in 1856 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway and was the original eastern terminus of the line, which was later extended to Shoeburyness railway station. It has four platforms:

  • Platform 1 is a disused bay platform, trains only terminate at this platform if platform 4 is blocked or if there is a train there and when there are engineering works between Southend Central and Shoeburyness.
  • Platform 2 has Shoeburyness-bound services from London
  • Platform 3 has (fast) London-bound services from Shoeburyness via Basildon and sometimes via Rainham or Ockendon.
  • Platform 4 is a bay platform with (slow) London-bound services to and from Southend Central which take the longer route via Ockendon and sometimes via Rainham or Basildon.

When the London Underground's District line operated a non-stop excursion train service between 1910 and 1939 through to the Southend area, Southend Central was the second station to be called at after Barking.[1]

It has a partially sheltered bicycle storage rack for 30 bikes and 150 car parking spaces but no disabled spaces.[2] Southend Victoria railway station, the terminus of the Shenfield to Southend Line operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, is also located in Southend-on-Sea Town Centre.


Unit 357036 at Southend Central railway station

Following the successful refurbishment of Benfleet railway station, c2c decided to implement a similar refurbishment at Southend Central. The work cost £460,000 and was jointly funded by c2c and Southend Borough Council. It involved the complete refurbishment of the ticket office and toilets and the construction of a new forecourt on the north side of the station (leading to Platform 2 which has Shoeburyness-bound services) opposite the University of Essex Southend Campus, with new steps and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) compliant handrails on both sides of the canopy, and a new glass roof and lighting over the bicycle parking area there. It was completed on 19 June 2007[3] and took around 4 weeks, during which a temporary ticket office in a portable building was used.

The ticket office has two serving positions, one of which was made fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 in the refurbishment, and uses the TRIBUTE ticket issuing system.


The typical off-peak service frequency is:

  • 6tph (trains per hour) to London Fenchurch Street of which:
    • 2tph do not stop at Pitsea, West Horndon or Limehouse
    • 2tph call at all stations via Basildon
    • 2tph take the longer route via Grays and Ockendon
  • 4tph to Shoeburyness
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Westcliff   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  Southend East
or Terminus


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Coordinates: 51°32′14″N 0°42′42″E / 51.53722°N 0.71167°E / 51.53722; 0.71167