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The original Colchester North station opened in 1843 and was rebuilt in 1865. In 1962, a new ticket hall opened on the north side of the tracks as London commuting really took off. Colchester North station sits on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street and is not to be confused with the local, more-central Colchester Town. The north ticket hall has a modern-looking glass front, and the original station building awaits visitors on the south side. Colchester sits on the Sunshine Coast Line, which ships passengers to the seaside resort Clacton-on-Sea and along the east coast. Buses and taxis from the station deliver visitors to the one-time Roman capital of Britain with its diverse and fascinating architecture: a Norman castle, a Victorian town hall and Jumbo, the water tower, the three must-see structures. Colchester also offers artistic inspiration. The 19th century landscape painter John Constable immortalized the surrounding countryside, and the town's galleries pay homage to one of England's most respected artists.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays04:30 - 23:15
Saturday 04:30 - 22:30
Sunday 06:00 - 23:15
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Shops noteNews agent Dry cleaner Passport Photo Booth
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee Shop Coffee kiosk Vending machines
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Monday-Saturday 08:00-20:00ÿ
Sunday 10:00-20:00ÿ
Bank Holidays 09:00-18:00ÿ

The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).

Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Premium Bays
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks
Car parking spaces1463
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces414
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Situated by the South entrance, and in the main car park by the North entrance.

A secure 134-space cycle compound is also available (key fob required, speak to station staff for availability).ÿ

Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Step free access throughout the station using lifts and stairlifts between platforms

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

There are two entrances, one on either side the station; both have a ticket counter, automated machines and ticket gates and access to taxi rank and car park. Disabled toilets can be found on platform 1 and by the main concourse. There are six platforms in total, all accessed by a subway that connects both sides of the station. London-bound trains leave regularly from platforms 3 and 4, and platform 1 is mainly used for trains to Clacton-on-Sea and Norwich.

Departures and arrivals from Colchester

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Colchester station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:334On time
to Colchester TownGreater Anglia16:412On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:434On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:531On time
to Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia16:565On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from IngatestoneGreater Anglia16:361On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia16:402On time
from Colchester TownGreater Anglia16:424On time
from Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia16:545On time
from NorwichGreater Anglia17:023On time
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