Trains to Basildon

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Basildon is one of the most densely populated areas in the county of Essex. The town lies 32 miles (51 km) east of Central London, 11 miles (18 km) south of the city of Chelmsford and 10 miles (16 km) west of Southend-on-Sea. The town was created in 1948 to accommodate the population overspill coming from London. The town has become a dormitory, hosting Central London commuters thanks to its strategic position, regular train services and proximity to the City. The train journey from Basildon to central London ranges between 36 to 58 minute-long. Basildon station first opened in 1974, it recently has undergone a refurbishment offering commuters better lighting, safer non-slip floor. The town hosts a total of three stations which include Pitsea, Basildon and Laindon, although Basildon is the central station among the three. Regular train services run on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line which was inaugurated on the 1850.

The town’s train station offers railway services to West Ham, Laindon, Stratford London, Southend Central and Birmingham New Street. A regular train service connects Basildon to London Fenchurch Street, there are direct trains and for these the journey is approximately 34 minutes long on weekdays and may be longer on weekends and holidays. The first train to London Fenchurch departs at 4:43am and the last train is at 11:54pm. No sleeper services operate on this line.

Basildon station is a hub in the heart of Essex offering step free access on both station’s platforms via lifts. Accessible ticket machines, ticket office counter and an induction loop are also available.

Book train tickets to Basildon to enjoy retail therapy at either at the town-centre based Eastgate Shopping centre offering over 100 retailers or at the Westgate Park shopping centres. These have made the town a popular destination thanks to the establishment of these two retail centres. Visitors travelling to Basildon can enjoy a stroll along the pedestrianised town centre, which can be easily accessed via a subway outside the station. The town centre has a modern outlook it offers visitors several high street stores, busy shops and coffee shops located between the East Walk and the Town Square. The town offers a range of fun outdoor activities such as the Festival Leisure Park, a state-ofthe-art wakeboarding complex suitable for professionals as well as for beginners, bowling and a cinema, the park is only a short bus ride away from the station. Popular visitors’ activities include Towngate Theatre and St. Martins Bell Tower located on the homonymous square in the town centre, a unique 85-feet octagonal neo-gothic glass tower designed by Douglas Galloway. Nature lovers should visit Mill Meadows, 90 acres of lands that host a wonderful diversity of rare wild flowers and insects many of which are now rare in the County. Heritage lovers should visit the ruins of Hadleigh castle, built in 1200 and refortified by Edward III during the Hundred Years War. Families should visit Barleylands Farm that hosts a miniature railway, craft village and farmer market. Book train tickets to Basildon and come and enjoy the town’s vibrant nightlife, it is the one of the liveliest cities in Essex.

Basildon train station has a single entrance that leads visitors to the ticket office. Passengers are advised to purchase train tickets online to benefit from early booking discounts and skip queues. Train tickets can be collected form the several self-service ticket machines available at this station. Step-free access to both platforms can be accessed via lifts. Passengers requiring accessibility assistance are advised to book it in advance contacting 0800 0282878 or to seek help from one of the designated members of staff available at the train station, assistance is available 24 hours a day. Additional station facilities available to travellers include toilets, a newsagent and photo boot which can be found on the left-hand side entering the station. ATMs and Wi-Fi are available to travellers at this station. 40 Bicycle racks and parking are available outside the station entrance and they are monitored by CCTV surveillance cameras.