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Leigh-on-Sea railway station

Place Leigh-on-Sea
Local authority Southend-on-Sea
Grid reference
Station code LES
Managed by c2c
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.527 million
2005/06 1.597 million
2006/07 1.678 million
2007/08 1.791 million
2008/09 1.783 million
2009/10 1.776 million
2010/11 1.857 million
2011/12 1.968 million
2012/13 1.914 million
2013/14 2.000 million
1856 Opened
1934 Re-sited
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Leigh-on-Sea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal
The original station building, now used by Leigh Sailing Club

Leigh-on-Sea railway station is on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line, serving the town of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. It is 32 miles 43 chains (52.4 km) down the main line from London Fenchurch Street via Basildon and it is situated between Benfleet to the west and Chalkwell to the east. Its three-letter station code is LES.

It was originally opened in 1856 but was rebuilt on a new site in 1934. The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by c2c.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The original station was built in Leigh Old Town and opened in 1856, but a larger three-platform station some distance to the west was opened on 4 January 1934[1] to replace the first structure. The original building was then used by a local Sea Scout troop until the northern platform buildings were demolished to allow the widening of the adjacent road. The other platform and station building still exist and are currently used by Leigh Sailing Club.[2]

When the London Underground's District line operated a seasonal non-stop excursion service between 1910 and 1939 through to the Southend area, Leigh-on-Sea was the first stop after Upminster.[3]


The typical off-peak service frequency is:

During peak hours there are additional trains to and from Fenchurch Street.


  1. ^ "Railway Magazine" December 1956
  2. ^ History of 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts
  3. ^ CULG - District Line

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Train times and station information for Leigh-on-Sea railway station from National Rail
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Benfleet   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  Historical services  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
District line
towards Shoeburyness

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