Benfleet railway station

Benfleet railway station is on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line, serving the towns of South Benfleet and Canvey Island, Essex. It is 29 miles 11 chains (46.9 km) down the main line from London Fenchurch Street via Basildon and it is situated between Pitsea to the west and Leigh-on-Sea to the east. Its three-letter station code is BEF.

Benfleet National Rail
Benfleet railway station front.jpg
Location
PlaceSouth Benfleet
Local authorityBorough of Castle Point
Grid referenceTQ777859
Operations
Station codeBEF
Managed byc2c
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 3.421 million
2015/16Increase 3.723 million
2016/17Increase 3.844 million
2017/18Decrease 3.680 million
2018/19Decrease 3.665 million
History
Key datesOpened 1855 (1855)
National RailUK railway stations
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 Benfleet from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

It was opened in 1855.[1] The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by c2c.

DescriptionEdit

The station is located between Ferry Road and Station Road with the main building located on the Ferry Road side. This houses the ticket office. The ticket office has four serving positions. The station also has two self-service ticket machines that accept cash or card payment.

Entry to the platforms is via four automatic ticket gates. On the Station Road side of the building there is a secondary entrance which is open during the weekday peak periods; this has three barriers and the third self-service ticket machine.

The two platforms are reached by fixed staircases. Step-free access is provided to and from both platforms by the use of automatic gates located at the country-end of the platforms.

In 2007 the ticket office was refurbished, and a new front ticket office counter was built. It has one lower ticket office window for wheelchair users.

There was formerly a siding to the east of the station on the 'up' London bound side, this was extant in 1969.[2]

The station, like all c2c stations have overnight security staff.

ServicesEdit

The typical off-peak service frequency is:

  • 6 tph (trains per hour) westbound towards London Fenchurch Street, of which:
    • 2 tph call at all stations via Basildon
    • 2 tph call at all stations via the Ockendon branch
    • 2 tph call at all stations via Basildon except Pitsea and West Horndon
  • 6 tph eastbound towards Shoeburyness, of which:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner (2007). Essex. The Buildings of England. Yale University Press. p. 192.
  2. ^ Route training manual: London, Tilbury & Southend Lines, British Rail Eastern Region (November 1969). Published by Great Eastern Railways Society (2003)

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Pitsea   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  Leigh-on-Sea

Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 0°33′43″E / 51.544°N 0.562°E / 51.544; 0.562