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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


Trainline's top spots near Southend Central 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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Coffee Point 2 minutes Coffeeshop with hot food to go!
The Glasshouse Cafe 4 minutes Warm and cosy surroundings with a varied breakfast menu
Bubble Garden​ 3 minutes

Bubble Tea Shop serving Premium Taiwanese Milk & Fruit Teas. Vegan options available


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.
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from London Fenchurch Streetc2c06:463Scheduled
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c06:523Scheduled
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c07:053Scheduled
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c07:223Scheduled
from London Fenchurch Streetc2c07:342Scheduled
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