Southend Central railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Southend on Sea|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1856|
|National Rail – UK 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.
It has a partially sheltered bicycle storage rack for 30 bikes and 150 car parking spaces but no disabled spaces. 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.
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 and took around 4 weeks, during which a temporary ticket office in a portable building was used.
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||Following station|
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
- CULG - District Line
- c2c. "c2c Online - Southend Central station". Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- c2c (20 June 2007). "c2c Online - A smarter station for the people of Southend". Retrieved 2008-07-19.[dead link]