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Situated on the wonderfully-named Sunshine Coast Line, Thorpe-le-Soken station in Essex has hourly eastbound trains to Colchester and London Liverpool Street and hourly westbound trains to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, with more trains to and from London at peak times. The usual journey time to London Liverpool Street is around one and a half hours and it's about 35 minutes to Colchester. Trains first came to Thorpe-le-Soken in 1866, but the current station buildings don't date back to that time. Unusually, the current ticket office is in the middle of the platform island along with a 1930's signal box and passenger shelter. The centre of the village, with a few shops, pubs and takeaways is about a mile north of the station. A few miles further to the north east are the tidal creeks, sand flats and salt marshes of Hamford Water National Nature Reserve, globally important due to range of wildlife it supports.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:15 - 22:45
Saturday 05:40 - 22:50
Sunday 07:15 - 23:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes

Coffee shop is open from early until 1000hrs only

Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.

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
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces65
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces12
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Car park
Cycle storage notes<p><span style="font-family: ;" data-sheets-rawvalue="4 Sheffield Stand spaces">12&yuml;Sheffield Stand spaces</span></p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

Clacton-on-Sea is the nearest station on this line with step-free access as Thorpe-le-Soken station has none either to the ticket office or its two platforms. Facilities at Thorpe-le-Soken include a ticket machine outside the ticket office and toilets underneath the signal box. Outside, there's a pay-and-display car park and covered bike racks. Buses to take you into the village and to other local destinations, including Weeley, Clacton, Frinton and Harwich, stop just outside the station on Station Road.

Departures and arrivals from Thorpe-le-Soken

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Thorpe-le-Soken station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia08:391On time
to Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia09:011On time
to Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia09:032On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia09:391On time
to Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia10:011On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia08:372On time
from Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia08:391On time
from ColchesterGreater Anglia09:011On time
from Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia09:372On time
from Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia09:391On time
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