Wivenhoe railway station

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Wivenhoe railway station in 2008
LocationWivenhoe, Colchester
Coordinates51°51′25″N 0°57′22″E / 51.857°N 0.956°E / 51.857; 0.956Coordinates: 51°51′25″N 0°57′22″E / 51.857°N 0.956°E / 51.857; 0.956
Grid referenceTM112214
Managed byGreater Anglia
Other information
Station codeWIV
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
8 May 1863 (1863-05-08)Opened as Wivenhoe
July 1879Renamed Wyvenhoe
October 1911Renamed Wivenhoe
2015/16Increase 0.383 million
2016/17Increase 0.393 million
2017/18Decrease 0.390 million
2018/19Increase 0.401 million
2019/20Increase 0.403 million
 Interchange 2,161
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Wivenhoe railway station is on the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the small town of Wivenhoe, Essex. It is 56 miles (90 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street[1] and is situated between Hythe to the west and Alresford to the east. Its three-letter station code is WIV.

The station was opened by the Tendring Hundred Railway, a subsidiary of the Great Eastern Railway, in 1863. It has two platforms, a manned ticket office, and is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station.

It is a short distance from the River Colne at Wivenhoe quay and its car park is the starting point of the Wivenhoe Trail, a cycle track that runs alongside the river to Colchester.


Wivenhoe station was opened on 8 May 1863 by the Tendring Hundred Railway, which was worked by the Great Eastern Railway. From July 1879 its name was spelt Wyvenhoe; in October 1911 it reverted to the original spelling, Wivenhoe.[2]

A few hundred metres east of the station there was a junction for the single-track branch line to Brightlingsea. This branch was opened in 1866 and closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1964 and the tracks lifted. A bridge over Alresford Creek was also later demolished.


The typical Monday to Saturday service is of two trains per hour in each direction. In the "up" (London-bound) direction, one of these trains calls at Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Shenfield and Stratford before terminating at London Liverpool Street. The other "up" train calls at Hythe and Colchester Town before terminating at Colchester.

In the "down" (country-bound) direction one train calls at Thorpe-le-Soken before terminating at Clacton-on-Sea, while the other calls at Alresford, Great Bentley, Weeley, Thorpe-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Frinton-on-Sea before terminating at Walton-on-the-Naze.

On Sundays there is typically one train per hour in each direction. The London-bound train calls at Colchester, Marks Tey, Witham, Chelmsford, Shenfield and Stratford before terminating at Liverpool Street. The country-bound train calls at Alresford, Great Bentley and Thorpe-le-Soken before terminating at Clacton-on-Sea.

Colchester Town and Weeley are closed on Sundays. Stations on the Walton branch are accessed by an hourly Sunday shuttle from Thorpe-le-Soken.


  1. ^ http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/railref/ref-ge.html
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 253, 256. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Disused railways
Line and station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Tendring Hundred Railway
Line and station closed