Stansted Airport railway station

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.

Stansted Airport
National Rail
Bahnhof Stansted Airport.JPG
LocationLondon Stansted Airport, District of Uttlesford
Grid referenceTL556235
Managed byGreater Anglia
Other information
Station codeSSD
ClassificationDfT category B
Original companyBritish Rail
2015/16Increase 6.013 million
2016/17Increase 7.632 million
2017/18Increase 8.934 million
 Interchange Increase 32,632
2018/19Increase 9.774 million
 Interchange Decrease 26,348
2019/20Decrease 8.475 million
 Interchange Decrease 2,938
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

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]


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

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.


Map of London airport Tube and rail connections

Services at Stansted Airport are operated by Greater Anglia (including services under the Stansted Express brand) and CrossCountry.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[2]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Stansted ExpressTerminus
Greater Anglia


  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.
  2. ^ Table 17, 22, 47 National Rail timetable, May 2020

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