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How to Get to Basildon by Train

Basildon Station is a stop on the commuter line between London Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness, with services on the route provided by the c2c rail company. Trains to Basildon from Fenchurch Street take around 35 minutes. In the other direction, trains to Basildon from Shoeburyness take around half an hour, with services from Southend Central taking 20 minutes. Services are frequent, with four trains an hour in each direction. There are also train services on a loop line from Basildon to Tilbury and to Chafford Hundred for the Lakeside shopping centre. Upminster connections link Basildon with Underground services throughout the capital and with the Abellio Greater Anglia rail network in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Basildon's train station is opposite the Eastgate shopping centre and adjacent to a bus terminus offering services connecting the town to Southend and destinations throughout Essex.


Basildon is a new town that was created in 1948, designed to accommodate the overspill of Londoners leaving the capital after the Second World War. The urban centre was formed as the focus of four Essex villages along the Thames estuary, with the first house in the new settlement completed in 1951. Despite attempts to prevent Basildon becoming another commuter town, its proximity to London means that many of the inhabitants work in the capital. Popular attractions in the town include the Festival Leisure Park complex, with nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and bowling, earning it the nickname "Bas Vegas" among locals. Sports facilities include a wakeboarding centre and the Sporting Village, with a 50-metre swimming pool, athletics track and prestigious gymnastics club. Culturally, Basildon is best known as the birthplace of electro-pop global stars Depeche Mode, Erasure and Yazoo, but the town also boasts the Towngate Theatre staging a wide range of productions.


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