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Southend Central station sits on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line and is the primary station serving the seaside town of Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Opened in 1856, the station is just 35 miles from London Fenchurch Street. The station underwent a £460,000 facelift in 2007 when a glass roof and a forecourt on the north side of the station was added. As the station's name suggests, Southend Central is in the middle of the town, with a number of main-line stations nearby, but Southend also has two smaller, novel railways: the Southend Pier Railway along the length of the pier and the Southend Cliff Railway linking passengers from the promenade to the cliff top overhead. Southend-on-Sea is a fish-eater's paradise, with the award-winning Bailey's offering some of the best fish and chips in the UK. There's also great ice cream from the 70-year-old Rossi's. Away from the seaside attractions, there is great shopping with popular retailers at the Victoria and the Royals shopping centres.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 22:00
Saturday 06:15 - 22:00
Sunday 07:15 - 22:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCards only
Station BuffetAvailable
ATM notes

Main Booking Hall and in the Public Square outside the station from the Platform 3 and 4 exit. 

Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeAvailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Toilets notes<p>Platforms 3/4 concourse </p>
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 20:00

Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 09:00 - 16:00

Christmas Day & Boxing Day: Closed

0345 744 4422 (option 3, followed by option 3)


Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces138
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces17
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Outside platforms 1/2 & on platform 3/4 concourse
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Although Southend Central station is accessible on both sides, visitors are best to take the stairwell and ramp from Cambridge Road leading into the concourse, toilets and the ticket hall. For platforms 3 and 4 (London Fenchurch Street), head through the concourse, and for platform 2 (Shoeburyness) take the subway from the ticket hall. The Clifftown Road entrance, with small car park and sheltered cycle rack, leads to platform 2.

Departures and arrivals from Southend Central

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Southend Central station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool Streetc2c21:243On time
to Shoeburynessc2c21:252On time
to Shoeburynessc2c21:282On time
to London Liverpool Streetc2c21:303On time
to Shoeburynessc2c21:482On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c21:242On time
from Shoeburynessc2c21:243On time
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c21:282On time
from Shoeburynessc2c21:303On time
from London Liverpool Streetc2c21:482On time
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