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The original Chelmsford station was opened in 1842. The city's awkward geography led to the construction of three viaducts to serve the rail hub, the most impressive and longest of which is the 18-arch Central Park viaduct. This viaduct is still in use today, offering a fantastic view of this vibrant and history-rich Essex city as the train rolls into the station.

Heading out of the station, which was modernised in 1985, and straight for the arches below, visitors will find the town park. Chelmsford has over 1,600 acres of green space, never more than a stone's throw from the relaxing waterways of the rivers Can and Chelmer. For those wishing to explore, Chelmsford station is conveniently located right in the heart of England's newest city. Both the Chelmsford Museum and the 15th-century cathedral are just a five-minute walk away, while a stroll through the popular 800-year-old market town encourages visitors to reflect on how their footsteps follow those of Roman subjects as they thumb through the goods on the modern retail stands, alongside trendy clothes stores and regular alfresco goings-on.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Chelmsford station

Chelmsford train station is mainly served by Greater Anglia trains, which connect London to Chelmsford in 38m, Colchester to Chelmsford in 40m and Norwich to Chelmsford in 1h 22m.

Need more information on how to get to Chelmsford by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Chelmsford.

Chelmsford train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Chelmsford station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Chelmsford railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Chelmsford.

Chelmsford train station has two platforms and three entrances (one from the car park, one on Duke Street and the main entrance on Railway Street). Both platforms are elevated on a viaduct and are accessible by the stairs, but the station also has full disabled access via a lift. There is one disabled toilet, through the ticket barriers at the foot of the stairwell to platform 2.

Chelmsford train station parking

Chelmsford has one small car park, from which you can easily get to the station. Step-free access is available throughout the whole station.

Hotels near Chelmsford train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Chelmsford station open?

Chelmsford station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Chelmsford station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Chelmsford station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Chelmsford.

Are there toilets at Chelmsford station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Chelmsford station.

Are dogs allowed at Chelmsford station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Chelmsford station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.




Trainline's top spots near Chelmsford 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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Tiptree at Bond Street 7 minutes Tiptree at Bond Street comprises of a traditional Tiptree tea room, take away and shop.
Venice Gelato Coffee Deserts 9 minutes Italian gelato bar with coffees to have in or takeaway. Do pop in!
Slice 4 minutes Sandwich Shop/Cafe with fresh hand-made food on offer all day.



Departures and arrivals from Chelmsford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Chelmsford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to BraintreeGreater Anglia07:322On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:331On time
to IpswichGreater Anglia07:362On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:391On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:441On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from IpswichGreater Anglia07:361On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:362On time
from Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia07:431On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:512On time
from BraintreeGreater Anglia07:521On 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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