Stansted Airport railway station

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Stansted Airport National Rail
Bahnhof Stansted Airport.JPG
Location
Place London Stansted Airport
Local authority District of Uttlesford
Grid reference TL556235
Operations
Station code SSD
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 3
DfT category B
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Decrease 3.693 million
2013/14 Decrease 3.686 million
2014/15 Increase 4.502 million
2015/16 Increase 6.013 million
2016/17 Increase 7.632 million
History
Key dates Opened 1991 (1991)
Original company British Rail
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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 Stansted Airport from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stansted Airport railway station is on a branch line off the West Anglia Main Line in the east of England and was opened in 1991 to provide a rail link to London Stansted Airport. It is 36 miles 67 chains (59.3 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street station, to which a frequent dedicated service called the Stansted Express operates.

The short branch line was constructed at a cost of £44 million and opened by British Rail to coincide with the completion of the airport's new terminal building.[1]

Layout[edit]

Platforms 1 and 3 run the full length of the station and are used for Stansted Express and Cambridge services. The shorter platform number 2 is used for CrossCountry-operated services.

In 2011 platform 1 was extended to accommodate two trains simultaneously in combinations of up to 16 coaches, and platform 2 was extended to accommodate four-coach trains.

The station is in a concrete box structure that is unusually above ground level rather than below ground, being constructed under the terminal building. This is evident at the western end of the platforms which are left open and is a similar design to Wembley Central railway station.

Services[edit]

The principal service to Stansted Airport is the Stansted Express, a dedicated airport link service from London Liverpool Street operated by Greater Anglia which runs every 15 minutes. Greater Anglia also operates trains to/from Cambridge.

The station is also served by CrossCountry which operates an hourly service to Birmingham New Street via Cambridge, Peterborough and Leicester.

Local services to Liverpool Street and all services to Stratford were withdrawn in 2011; however Stansted Express plans to re-introduce direct services to Stratford from 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blow, Christopher (2005). "6: Taxonomy of rail, bus/coach and air transport interchanges". Transport Terminals and Modal Interchanges (1 ed.). Oxford: Architectural Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-7506-5693-X. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stansted Mountfitchet   Greater Anglia
Stansted Express
  Terminus
Audley End   Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Terminus
Audley End   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
  Terminus

Coordinates: 51°53′20″N 0°15′40″E / 51.889°N 0.261°E / 51.889; 0.261