Beccles railway station

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Beccles National Rail
Beccles
Location
Place Beccles
Local authority Waveney, Suffolk
Coordinates 52°27′31″N 1°34′11″E / 52.4586°N 1.5697°E / 52.4586; 1.5697Coordinates: 52°27′31″N 1°34′11″E / 52.4586°N 1.5697°E / 52.4586; 1.5697
Grid reference TM426904
Operations
Station code BCC
Managed by Greater Anglia
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 59,686
2005/06 Decrease57,290
2006/07 Increase62,499
2007/08 Increase84,990
2008/09 Increase89,826
2009/10 Decrease82,146
2010/11 Decrease78,620
2012/13 Increase85,040
History
Original company East Suffolk Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
4 December 1854 Opened[1]
31 January 1968 Closed to freight
10 December 2012 Passing loop opened[2]
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Beccles from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Beccles station in 1963
View southward, towards Ipswich and London

Beccles is a railway station on the East Suffolk Line and serves the town of Beccles in Suffolk, England. There is now an hourly service to both Lowestoft and Ipswich, all trains to London having been withdrawn since December 2010.

History[edit]

The East Suffolk Railway, opened in 1854 operating as far as Halesworth and the line was then extended to Ipswich and Great Yarmouth in 1859. The Beccles to Lowestoft line opened in the same year. The Waveney Valley Line from Tivetshall on the Great Eastern Main Line reached Beccles in 1863, making the town an important junction on the expanding Great Eastern Railway network.

The Waveney Valley Line closed to passengers in 1954 and the Yarmouth-Beccles Line line closed to passengers in 1959. The Waveney Valley Line was then closed to freight traffic in 1963. The engine shed was demolished in 2006.

The island platform underwent restoration in 2012 in order to bring it back into use as part of a development to build a passing loop at the station. The loop and platform began operation on 10 December 2012.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Beccles:

  • 1x per hour local service Ipswich - Woodbridge - Saxmundham - Halesworth - Beccles - Lowestoft

From 9 December 2012, Beccles is served by an hourly service Monday to Saturday and service every 2 hours on a Sunday. Beccles is also the passing point for train services from this date. [3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Greater Anglia
Disused railways
Line and station closed
Great Eastern Railway Terminus
Line and station closed
Great Eastern Railway Terminus

Beccles loop development[edit]

Work began in early 2010 to develop a passing loop at Beccles to allow hourly services to operate on the line. The lack of a double track to allow trains to pass north of Saxmundham had previously made this frequency of service impossible.

By March 2010 the single track at Beccles was renewed with continuously welded rail and concrete sleepers. The track was also realigned from the southern approach to the station to allow room for the Beccles Loop. The old track was lifted and placed alongside the disused platform and disposed of in late 2010. By March 2012 work had started to build the passing loop and by May of that year new turnout points were in place and work had begun on redeveloping the disused island platform. The old trackbed had also been removed.

Work was completed by December 2012 and enhanced services began on 10 December 2012.[4] The £4m scheme was jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/News-Releases/7220/New-hourly-service-on-East-Suffolk-line
  3. ^ http://www.greateranglia.co.uk/timetables/download/771
  4. ^ Suffolk: Problems remain as Beccles rail loop opens on East Suffolk line, East Anglian Daily Times, 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-10.

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