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 covers the routes 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.
Colchester train station is mainly served by Greater Anglia trains, which connect both Norwich to Colchester and London to Colchester in about an hour, as well as Ipswich to Colchester in 19m. Need more information on how to get to Colchester by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Colchester.
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Colchester train station has six platforms, 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. There are two entrances, one on either side of the station; both have a ticket counter, automated machines and ticket gates and access to the taxi rank and car park. Disabled toilets can be found on platform 1 and by the main concourse.
Colchester train station has two car parks on each side of its building. The car park that is opposite the concourse entrance is for disabled parking only. Step-free access is available from both car parks to the station, as well as throughout the whole station.
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Colchester 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.
Trains arrive into and depart from Colchester 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 Colchester.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Colchester station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Colchester station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.