Southend airport will have no weekend rail access for three months.

It started this weekend… although the airport does not appear to have informed the media.

Only when I casually visited did I see that there would be no weekend trains until November 25.

The cause is rail engineering works and readers who grumble about similar works affecting London Gatwick should note that the Southend disruption lasts for a far longer continuous period.

It’s also inconvenient for business travellers as, in recent times, several airlines have launched routes to business destinations from Southend both in the UK and mainland Europe.

As a result journey times by rail between Southend airport and Central London will be considerable extended and/or become more expensive.

Weekend travellers have two options:

  • A shared £15 per person taxi service between the airport and the nearest rail station at Shenfield. Estimated journey time by taxi to Shenfield is 30 mins.
  • A cheaper but more time-consuming option is to take the X30 bus from the airport to Southend Central station (11 minutes journey). From there travellers take the c2c rail line to London.

More details of these arrangements can be found here.