Trains to Braintree

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Braintree is a town in Essex that lies on the River Brain to the south of the former Roman road that connects Braughing to Colchester. It is located 10 miles (16 km) to the north of Chelmsford, 15 miles (24 km) west of Colchester and about 46 miles (74 km) away from London. Geographically the town is characterized by a rural area where crops are grown to the north, while the south is occupied by various industrial areas such as the Springwood, Park Drive and Broomhills Industrial Estate.

Braintree hosts two weekly markets just outside the Town Hall in Market Square. These stretch along Bank Street and the High Street. The markets are held on Wednesdays and on Saturdays. The
town’s visitors will find around the Market Place numerous stores, restaurants and pubs, as well as the George Yard shopping centre. Heritage lovers should book train tickets to Braintree to visit the Warner Textile Archive to discover a collection that reflects on the history of silk manufacture in the town. Travellers will stumble across the archive on the way that leads to town starting from Braintree station.

The town hosts another major shopping area in Freeport, on the outskirts of Braintree. This is served by the second train station in town, Braintree Freeport railway station that is located one mile to the south east of Braintree station. Located five-minute walk to the town centre, the 1869 Victorian station building of Braintree serves trains to London calling at Braintree Freeport station and Witham, where the Braintree Branch Line joins the Great Eastern Main Line to London Liverpool Street. It is currently managed by Abellio Greater Anglia that operates daytime trains. On weekdays the typical off-peak service consists in one train per hour calling at Witham and terminating at London Liverpool Street. Sundays services terminate at Witham where travellers will have to change to catch connection trains towards London. Freeport is described as a "designer outlet village" featuring approximately 90 department stores selling designer brands at a discounted price. sell surplus stock for lower than the recommended retail price.

Braintree railway station facilities include a ticket office is open seven days a week. The ticket office on weekdays operates from 05:45am until 7:10pm. On Saturdays from 05:45am until 1:05pm. On Sundays the office is open from 7:45am until 3:30pm. Travellers can benefit from a waiting room, toilets and a coffee shop. There is a small car park offering travellers 26 pay and display parking spaces, a bicycle shelter with a capacity of 52 bikes and a bus stop located just outside the train station approach. The station offers step-free access throughout and operates CCTV surveillance services as well as public Wi-Fi.