Tilbury Town
National Rail
General information
LocationTilbury, Thurrock
Grid referenceTQ636763
Managed byc2c
Other information
Station codeTIL
ClassificationDfT category D
Key dates
15 June 1885Opened as Tilbury Dock
3 August 1934[1]Renamed Tilbury Town
1992Tilbury Riverside closed
2018/19Increase 1.254 million
2019/20Decrease 1.183 million
 Interchange 37,275
2020/21Decrease 0.589 million
 Interchange Decrease 13,744
2021/22Increase 0.925 million
 Interchange Increase 32,171
2022/23Increase 0.959 million
 Interchange Increase 0.111 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
A 1946 Ordnance Survey map showing the station, Tilbury Riverside and the triangular junction

Tilbury Town railway station is on a loop line of the London, Tilbury and Southend line, serving the town of Tilbury, Essex. It is 21 miles 48 chains (34.8 km) down the line from London Fenchurch Street via Rainham and it is situated between Grays and East Tilbury. Its three-letter station code is TIL.

The station was opened on 15 June 1885 with the name Tilbury Dock by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. It was renamed Tilbury Town on 3 August 1934. It is on a link known as the Tilbury Loop, which joins the main line at the London end at Barking and at the country end at Pitsea. A bus link is provided for the Gravesend ferry, replacing the rail link to Tilbury Riverside which was closed in 1992.

Today, the station and all trains serving it are operated by c2c.


As of the December 2023 timetable the typical Monday to Friday off-peak service is:[2]

In popular culture

The station plays two roles in the 2009 film Fish Tank – it appears in the film, and the star, Katie Jarvis, was recruited after a scout saw her arguing with her boyfriend at Tilbury Town station.[3][4][5]

The station and its environs in the Victorian era are also mentioned briefly in Robert Roberts' 1895 book Diary of a Voyage to Australia, New Zealand, and Other Lands, written a mere 10 years after the station opened.

The station appears in the 2016 film, Grimsby where it was temporarily rebranded from "Tilbury Town" to "Grimsby Town" to match the setting where the main characters grew up. [6]


  1. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley page 87
  2. ^ "c2c Train Times from 10 December 2023" (PDF). c2c. 10 December 2023. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  3. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (14 May 2009). "How row set in train life-changing offer for Fish Tank star". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  4. ^ Hoyle, Ben (14 May 2009). "Station row led Katie Jarvis to stardom in British film Fish Tank". The Times. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (3 February 2010). "Fish Tank". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  6. ^ "GRIMSBY - British Railway Movie Database". 24 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2023.

51°27′43″N 0°21′14″E / 51.462°N 0.354°E / 51.462; 0.354

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Grays   c2c
London, Tilbury and Southend line
Tilbury Loop
  East Tilbury
  Ferry services  
Terminus   Gravesend - Tilbury Ferry   Gravesend
via bus
Disused railways
Grays   Network SouthEast
London, Tilbury and Southend line
  Tilbury Riverside