Hythe (Essex) railway station
is on the Sunshine Coast Line
and serves the eastern areas of Colchester
. To the west of the station there is a triangle of lines with three junctions. The two lines lead to Colchester Town
. The three junctions are known as Hythe Junction, East Gates Junction (at the northern extremity of the triangle), and Colne Junction (at the western extremity). East Gates Junction has a busy level crossing
over a major road into the town of Colchester.
There are still sidings present at Hythe, although these are not in use, and there was once a short branch to Hythe quay which crossed the River Colne adjacent to the station by a small girder bridge, which is still in situ. There is no evidence today of the former quayside tracks, although aerial photo sites clearly show the exact alignments.
There was also a spur from the railway station to Colchester Gas Works, which ran along the street to Hythe Quay. This became redundant in 1973, when the UK switched from town gas to natural gas. Little trace now remains of this, apart from a small section of trackbed at Hythe, and the piers of a bridge (removed c2007), over the River Colne.
Hythe underwent major rebuilding in 2008 and 2009, which included extension of the platforms to accommodate 12-car train set, and demolition of the original station building, plus dismantling of the disused coal depot. As part of this work the north side siding was removed, and the pointwork... Read More