Clacton-on-Sea railway station
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Clacton-on-Sea railway station is one of the two eastern termini of the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the town of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. It is 69 miles 56 chains (112.17 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street. Its three-letter station code is CLT. The preceding station on the line is Thorpe-le-Soken.
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened July 1882|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Clacton-on-Sea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The branch diverges from the Great Eastern Main Line at Colchester whence trains run to either Colchester Town, Walton-on-the-Naze or Clacton-on-Sea. Clacton is on a spur from Thorpe-le-Soken which was built by the Clacton-on-Sea Railway and originally operated by the Great Eastern Railway. It opened some 15 years after the branch to Walton was opened.
On 1 January 1923 the station passed to the London and North Eastern Railway following the 1921 Railways Act. After World War II and following nationalisation, it fell under the auspices of British Railways Eastern Region.
Services were steam-operated until the line was electrified, with Clacton first seeing electric trains on 16 March 1959. Initially, the line was only electrified as far as Colchester, as part of British Railways' experiments with 25 kV AC electrification, rather than the previously preferred 1500 V DC system. Through electrified services to Liverpool Street were introduced on 7 January 1963.
Clacton station has a sizeable concourse sheltered by a glazed roof. Platforms 1 and 3 have an operational length for ten-coach trains and platforms 2 and 4 have an operational length for twelve-coach trains. There is a traction depot just outside the station, with some stabling sidings alongside the station itself.
Its name was changed to Clacton-on-Sea in May 2007.
As of December 2018, the typical service is one train per hour to London Liverpool Street, calling at Thorpe-le-Soken, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Shenfield, Stratford and London Liverpool Street.
During peak hours the service level is increased to approximately four trains per hour. The first and last trains of the day start and terminate at Colchester.
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