Trains to Clacton on Sea

PAGE LAST UPDATED: 19/06/2019 12:44. Update now

Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in the Tendering peninsula and district in Essex. The town is a famous seaside resort that saw a peak of tourists in the summers between 1950s and 1970s.

The town's economy relies significantly on the service sector with businesses mainly concentrated on the north-west part of the town where there are two business parks. Agriculture and port-related businesses provide further employment in the area. Clacton-on-Sea hosts Gunfleet Sands Windfarm constituted by 48 turbines constructed approximately 4.3 miles (7 km) off Clacton coast.

The first train to arrive at Clacton-on-Sea station dates 1871, giving people the means to access the sea. The arrival of trains running along the Sunshine Coast Line determined the economic development of the town. Today passengers arriving to the station can walk through the original 19th century buildings leading to Skelmersdale road. The train station is located to the north of the town centre, approximately 10 minutes to the pier or 5 minutes to centre of town where they will find St John's Church is the oldest surviving building in Clacton. Clacton Pier was officially built in 1871, it was 150 metres in length and 3.7 metres wide to welcome landing passengers and goods arriving by boat to the pier. Clacton became so popular that in 1893 the pier was lengthened to 360 metres long by adding entertainment facilities it became a leisure destination. In 2009 a 15 metre high helterskelter was installed on the pier in addition to other attractions such as amusements, restaurants and a Seaquarium.

Start planning your journey, book train tickets to Clacton-by-Sea to enjoy all the attractions that the seaside resort has to offer. Each year, the town hosts popular outdoors events such as Clacton Carnival that takes place on the second Saturday in August and it lasts for one week, while Clacton Airshow, an aerial display, takes place on the Thursday and Friday before the August Bank Holiday. The show features historic and modern aircraft such as the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane, Tornado, Jaguar and the famous Red Arrows. Clacton is also famous for hosting Martello Bay, one of the seven Blue Flag beaches in England, while Clacton Seafront Gardens that stretch along the top of the seafront, to the west of Clacton Pier have been awarded a Green Flag. These gardens host colourful flower beds, memorials and benches offering visitors respite. Visitors travelling to Tendering district are advised to purchase train tickets to Clacton-on-Sea to enjoy the view from the train running towards the coast and to discover all that the town has to offer. There is something to keep all the family members entertained in the seaside resort. West Cliff Theatre and Princes Theatre host theatre shows, plays and music events. The West Cliff is one of the last theatres in the country to stage on an old-style summer show. Shopaholics can enjoy the new collections displayed in the high street retail stores located in town. To the north of the centre they can find a Factory Shopping Village where they can snatch bargains.

Today Clacton station is the terminus for train services departing from London Liverpool Street calling at Wivenhoe, Colchester and Chelmsford. Hourly train services connecting the town to London are operated by Great Anglia trains. On peak times train frequencies increase. The station is equipped with four platforms, even though most services depart from platform 1. Visitors travelling through Clacton-on-Sea station will benefit from a ticket office, toilets and a waiting room. Step-free access is available throughout the station. CCTV surveillance service, Wi-Fi and ATMs are available at this station. Outside the train station travellers can find a car park with 49 parking spaces and bicycle racks. The closest bus stop is located outside the main building on Skelmersdale Road.