Southend Central
National Rail
General information
LocationSouthend-on-Sea, City of Southend-on-Sea
Grid referenceTQ881855
Managed byc2c
Other information
Station codeSOC
ClassificationDfT category C1
2018/19Increase 3.446 million
2019/20Decrease 2.782 million
2020/21Decrease 0.906 million
 Interchange Steady 2,874
2021/22Increase 1.782 million
 Interchange Increase 4,940
2022/23Increase 2.041 million
 Interchange Decrease 2,481
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Southend Central railway station is on the London, Tilbury and Southend line and is one of two primary stations serving the city of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The city's other main station is called Southend Victoria which is the terminus of a branch line off the Great Eastern Main Line. Southend Central is 35 miles 55 chains (57.43 km) down the line from London Fenchurch Street via Basildon and it is situated between Westcliff and Southend East stations. Its three-letter station code is SOC.

It was opened in 1856 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway and was the eastern terminus of the line until 1888, after which the line was later extended to Shoeburyness. The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by c2c.


Southend Central has four platforms:

In 1922 there were two other bay platforms and carriage sidings to the south of platform 4 and a goods shed and goods sidings to the north of platform 1.[2] The bay platforms (5 and 6) were extant in 1981 although the track had been lifted.[3] The area was subsequently redeveloped as a car park.

Facilities at the station include a partially sheltered bicycle storage rack and a car park.[4] The ticket office has two serving positions, one of which is fully accessible, and uses the Tribute ticket issuing system.

Following the successful refurbishment of Benfleet railway station, c2c implemented a similar project at Southend Central. The work cost £460,000 and was jointly funded by c2c and Southend Borough Council. It involved the complete refurbishment of the ticket office and toilets and the construction of a new forecourt on the north side of the station (leading to platform 2) opposite the University of Essex Southend campus, with new steps and handrails on both sides of the canopy, and a new glass roof and lighting over the bicycle parking area. It was completed in 2007[5] after around four weeks of work.

When the London Underground's District line operated a seasonal non-stop excursion train service between 1910 and 1939 through to the Southend area, Southend Central was the second station to be called at after departing Upminster.[6]

There was formerly a through siding, provided with overhead line electrification, to the north of the down (Shoeburyness-bound) line between Southend Central and Southend East. This was still in use in 1969.[7]


As of the June 2024 timetable the typical Monday to Friday off-peak service is:[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Historical services
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Leigh-on-Sea District line Shoeburyness


  1. ^ a b c d Brailsford, Martyn (2016). Railway Track Diagrams Book 2: Eastern. Frome: Trackmaps. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.
  2. ^ 25" to the mile Ordnance Survey map of Southend, 1922.
  3. ^ "Image Southend Central 1981".
  4. ^ c2c. "c2c Online - Southend Central station". Retrieved 19 July 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ c2c (20 June 2007). "c2c Online - A smarter station for the people of Southend". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ CULG - District Line
  7. ^ Route training manual: London, Tilbury & Southend Lines, British Rail Eastern Region (November 1969). Published by Great Eastern Railways Society (2003)
  8. ^ "c2c Train Times" (PDF). c2c. June 2024. Retrieved 1 June 2024.

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