Needham Market railway station

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Needham Market National Rail
2018 at Needham Market station - old building.JPG
Location
PlaceNeedham Market
Local authorityMid Suffolk
Grid referenceTM091548
Operations
Station codeNMT
Managed byAbellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 91,358
2014/15Increase 92,418
2015/16Decrease 88,242
2016/17Increase 91,706
2017/18Increase 100,648
History
1846Opened as Needham
1967Closed
1971Reopened as Needham Market
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Needham Market from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Needham Market railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) in the East of England, serving the town of Needham Market, Suffolk. It is 77 miles 7 chains (124.1 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Ipswich to the south and Stowmarket to the north. Its three-letter station code is NMT.

The station is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station, it sees regular services between Ipswich and Stowmarket, whereafter trains branch off to Cambridge via the Ipswich to Ely Line. No main line London trains call.

History[edit]

The station was originally opened with the name Needham by the Ipswich & Bury Railway in 1846. The main building, described as "one of the best in East Anglia" by Biddle, was designed in a grand Jacobean style with decorative brickwork by Frederick Barnes and was completed by the contractor, Daniel Revitt, in 1849, it was later slightly simplified, and the platforms rebuilt, by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).

It was closed to passengers by the Eastern Region of British Railways in 1967 but reopened as Needham Market in 1971. The main building, now in alternative use, is a Grade II listed building,[1] it was restored in 2000 by Spacia Ltd, and won an award in the 2002 National Railway Heritage Awards. In April 2015 work commenced to improve the station, including the installation of an anti-slip composite fibreglass platform[2] with in-built water management and snow-melting capabilities. However, this did not include making the London-bound platform wheelchair accessible. [3][4][5]

Services[edit]

The following services typically call at Needham Market:

Operator Route Rolling stock Frequency
Abellio Greater Anglia Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St. Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich Class 170 1x per hour
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Great Eastern Railway

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (436973)". Images of England. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  2. ^ Dura Composites. Needham Market Case Study. 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/nmt/details.html
  4. ^ Biddle, Gordon (2003). Britain's Historic Railway Buildings. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866247-5.
  5. ^ Sore, Ray (January 1999). "The railway at Needham (Market)". Great Eastern Journal (97): 3–13.

Coordinates: 52°09′09″N 1°03′19″E / 52.1526°N 1.0554°E / 52.1526; 1.0554