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Basildon: Station Way


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Basildon Railway Station Basildon Railway Station Basildon Railway Station
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Location: Station Way, Basildon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 18/10/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Basildon railway station seen from Station Way. Although c2c have taken over running the line the Network SouthEast board has yet to be replaced.
Location: Basildon Railway Station
Photographer: Ron Mumford
Year of photo: 1985
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Class 302 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). These trains entered service after electrification of the line in 1961. They were finally withdrawn on 4th July 1998.
Location: Basildon Railway Station
Photographer: Ron Mumford
Year of photo: 1985
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Another Class 302.
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Basildon Railway Station Locomotive 2-6-4T 80072 passing through Basildon Basildon Railway Station
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Location: Station Way, Basildon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 07/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: A Mears (then contractors to Basildon Council) van can be seen waiting at the traffic lights.
Location: Clay Hill Road, Basildon
Photographer: Frank Church
Year of photo: 08/02/1958
Copyright: Frank Church
Source: Bob Jones
Photograph appears courtesy of the 80072 Steam Locomotive restoration website.
Comments: The Honeypot Lane/Shelley Road railway bridge during re-widening which sees the turning become Clay Hill Road. Steam Locomotive 2-6-4T 80072 can be seen crossing the bridge. Note: The line has yet to be electrified.
Location: Basildon Station
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: 18/05/2007
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Note the Icon luxury appartments under construction in the background.
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Basildon railway station opened on Monday 25th November 1974 after a long campaign begun in the 1950s. There were initial concerns that British Rail might close either Laindon or Pitsea but this proved unfounded.

The original proposed site was further east on land between Nether Priors and the junction of Clay Hill Road and Southernhay, which at that time was undeveloped. In January 1960 a signboard was erected by Basildon Development Corporation at this site which was removed in 1963 when plans fell into doubt.

At the time of opening the booking office was to the left of the front entrance, with the rear entrance opening out onto a covered walkway to Station House.

To the left of the rear entrance stood a small shop run by John Menzies. During modernisation in the 1990s the booking office was re-sited directly opposite the main entrance and the rear entrance was bricked up. At the same time the station shop was moved to the left of the front entrance.

Access to the platforms is by separate stairways to the right and left of the ticket gates. This access area was widened during refurbishment with turnstiles installed. Each of the two platforms has a waiting room and a lift for the disabled. The waiting rooms had door access but both are now 'open'.

The windows overlooking the road were covered behind a Network South-East hoarding board until the early 2000s, when a facelift to the front of the building incorporating a new covered entrance was completed.

The main contractor involved in its construction was French.

Station House
From its completion to 1977, Station House had remained unoccupied. When the Ford Motor Company took over occupation they had it renamed Trafford House, which it remains to this day.

Page added: 2003
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2003 with revisions 2004-2007.
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