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The prosperity of the Essex town of Braintree was built on textiles, an industry that benefitted greatly from its rail connection to London in 1848. The current Braintree station is on a different site than the original, but it remains the northern terminus of the Braintree branch line, with hourly weekday trains departing for London Liverpool Street station. The town centre around the Market Place has numerous stores, restaurants and pubs, as well as the George Yard shopping centre. The ten-minute walk north from the station to Market Place and nearby High Street takes you past the Warner Textile Archive, a collection that reflects on the history of silk manufacture in the town. Nowadays most visitors come to Braintree for textiles of a different kind, as they hunt for bargains at the nearby Braintree Freeport Designer Outlet Centre, to the south-east of the station.

Station details & facilities


Trainline's top spots near Braintree station

Looking for a coffee on the way to the station? We've collected a list of our favourite independent coffee houses and eateries within walking distance of the station - check them out below!


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R&T'S Cafe 6 minutes Small friendly café with cakes, breakfasts and more.
The Basement Coffee Lounge 8 minutes Neat local coffee shop with wide variety of bean types - do pop in and see us!



As a terminus station, the trains to and from London Liverpool Street both arrive and depart from platform 1. The station building has a ticket hall, waiting room, toilets and a coffee shop. The bus stop is outside the station on Station Approach. There is a small pay-and-display car park at the station, with 26 spaces, as well as sheltered bicycle parking with 52 storage spaces. The entire station has step-free access.

Departures and arrivals from Braintree

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Braintree station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia15:591On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:591On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:451On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia18:321On time
to ShenfieldGreater Anglia19:20On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia15:511On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:511On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:381On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia18:241On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia19:131On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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