Southend Airport railway station
Southend Airport railway station is on the Shenfield to Southend Line in the East of England, serving London Southend Airport, the village of Sutton and northern parts of Southend-on-Sea. It is 39 miles 44 chains (63.65 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Rochford and Prittlewell. Train services provide an airport rail link between Southend Airport and Central London.
The station in 2012
|Location||London Southend Airport, Rochford|
|Managed by||Stobart Rail|
|Original company||Network Rail|
|18 July 2011||Opened|
The station is managed by Stobart Rail (Stobart Aviation operates the airport) but the trains serving it are operated by Greater Anglia. The Engineer's Line Reference for the line is SSV; the station's three-letter station code is SIA. The platforms have an operational length for 12-coach trains.
When Southend Airport officially opened as a municipal airport in 1935, the mayor of Southend suggested that it would be a good idea to open a railway station to serve the airport. For the first 75 years of the airport's operation, the nearest railway station was Rochford. After Southend Borough Council sold the airport to Regional Airports Ltd, a scheme was proposed in 1997 to build a station, and planning permission was obtained from Rochford District Council. It was not until 2008 that the Stobart group began to advance the project, and construction began in late 2009. The station was originally planned to open in 2009, but the opening date was postponed several times. In June 2011, National Express trains began stopping at the station, but passengers were not permitted to get off.
The typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service is:
- 2 trains per hour (tph) to London Liverpool Street, calling at all stations to Shenfield then Stratford and Liverpool Street.
- 1 tph to London Liverpool Street, calling at all stations to Shenfield then Romford, Stratford and Liverpool Street.
- 3 tph to Southend Victoria, calling at Prittlewell and Southend Victoria.
When the Crossrail project is completed, interchange will be possible at Shenfield, Stratford and Liverpool Street between Southend Airport rail services and the new Elizabeth Line, providing onward links to central London and Heathrow Airport. Glyn Jones, chief executive of Stobart Aviation, proposed in 2018 that Crossrail should be extended to Southend Airport to alleviate capacity problems at Heathrow.
- Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
- "Airport rail station to open next week". Echo Newspapers.
Stobart, not National Express, will employ the staff who man the station and meet passengers getting off the train
- "New London Southend Airport Railway Station Officially Opens" (PDF). London Southend Airport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "London Southend Airport opens station and control tower". BBC News. 18 July 2011.
- "Birse Rail joins forces with Stobart Rail to construct new railway station at Southend Airport". BalfourBeattyRail. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
Birse Rail is working with Stobart Rail, part of Stobart Group, to oversee the design and construction management of a new railway station at London Southend Airport.
- Lo, Hsin-Yi. "Extend Crossrail to Southend Airport". Southend Echo. Archived from the original on 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Southend Airport railway station.|
- "Trains". southendairport.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
- "London Southend Airport". visitlondon.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Shenfield to Southend Line