Leigh-on-Sea railway station

For other stations called Leigh, see Leigh railway station (disambiguation).
Leigh-on-Sea National Rail
Place Leigh-on-Sea
Local authority Southend-on-Sea
Grid reference TQ831857
Station code LES
Managed by c2c
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 1.857 million
2011/12 Increase 1.968 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.914 million
2013/14 Increase 2.000 million
2014/15 Increase 2.003 million
1 July 1855 (1855-07-01) Opened as Leigh
1 October 1904 Renamed Leigh-on-Sea
1 January 1934 Re-sited
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* 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.
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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 as Leigh by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway on 1 July 1855, being renamed Leigh-on-Sea on 1 October 1904, but was rebuilt by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on a new site, 880 yards (805 m) to the west, opening on 1 January 1934.[1] The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by c2c.


The original station was built in Leigh Old Town and opened in 1855, but a larger three-platform station some distance to the west was opened on 4 January 1934 to replace the first structure.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]


The typical off-peak service frequency is:

During peak hours there are additional trains to and from Fenchurch Street, some of which terminate at Leigh-on-Sea.


  1. Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 141. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. Cooke, B.W.C., ed. (December 1956). "Leigh-on-Sea Station". The Why and the Wherefore. The Railway Magazine. Vol. 102 no. 668. Westminster: Tothill Press. p. 867.
  3. History of 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts
  4. CULG - District Line
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Benfleet   c2c
London, Tilbury & Southend Line
  Historical services  
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
District line
towards Shoeburyness

Coordinates: 51°32′28″N 0°38′24″E / 51.541°N 0.640°E / 51.541; 0.640

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