4 JULY 2011


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2011

Southend Airport Station opening date

Monday 18 July has now been set as the day that fare paying passengers can actually use the brand new Southend Airport Station.  It will be a ‘soft’ opening.  Currently a free bus service operates from Rochford Station and since the start of the summer season trains have been ‘stopping’ at Southend Airport Station in order for the timetable to operate properly.  A formal, high profile opening is expected to be announced shortly. 

With the inauguration of the station Southend will become, together with London City (when the DLR opens shortly), the only airport with direct train services to Stratford Regional and with it access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The new timetable allows for the journey between Southend Airport and London Liverpool Street to take just 52 minutes at its fastest with up to eight departures per hour.  The first train out of the London terminal is at 05:28 weekdays.  Besides Stratford, the train stops at Ilford, Romford, Shenfield, Billericay, Wickford, Rayleigh, Hockley and Rochford.  Passengers must also allow for transfer time at Southend for the time being, the original terminal still in use until the new building is completed later this year. www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com/travel_information/train_timetables/may_2011_timetable

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