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.