Brandon railway station

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Brandon National Rail
Brandon
Location
Place Brandon
Local authority Breckland
Coordinates 52°27′14″N 0°37′27″E / 52.4539°N 0.6243°E / 52.4539; 0.6243Coordinates: 52°27′14″N 0°37′27″E / 52.4539°N 0.6243°E / 52.4539; 0.6243
Grid reference TL784872
Operations
Station code BND
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 23,556
2005/06 Increase 32,086
2006/07 Increase 35,656
2007/08 Increase 50,232
2008/09 Increase 65,818
2009/10 Increase 71,406
2010/11 Increase 84,648
2011/12 Increase 89,522
2012/13 Increase 101,396
History
Original company Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
30 July 1845 (1845-07-30) Opened as Brandon
1 July 1923 Renamed Brandon (Norfolk)
1 March 1925 Renamed Brandon
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brandon from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View eastward, towards Norwich in 1969

Brandon railway station serves the town of Brandon in Suffolk, England, although the station is actually situated across the county boundary in Norfolk. The station is managed by Greater Anglia, which provides services east to Thetford, Attleborough, Wymondham and Norwich, and west to Ely and Cambridge. Brandon station has been un-staffed since the 1980s.

Currently, the station is served by (approximately) hourly services west to Cambridge and east to Norwich, operated by Greater Anglia. East Midlands Trains operates a single morning service to Norwich (07:20 Monday to Friday; 07:22 on Saturday; no service Sunday).

Prior to the re-introduction of a direct service between Cambridge and Norwich by Anglia Railways (the franchise now incorporated into Greater Anglia), Central Trains served the station as a stop on its route between Norwich and Liverpool. The Norwich to Liverpool route is now operated by East Midlands Trains.

Brandon station saw a large jump in the number of passengers using the station in 2007–2008; this shows a growing demand for rail travel in the area and also bears testament to the value of a regular and frequent rail service at rural stations.[citation needed] The current regular hourly service was publicised and introduced in 2007.

Until Spring 2009, an original telegraph pole route remained in situ from here to Wymondham. This was one of the last remaining in the UK.


Friends of Brandon Station[edit]

In January 2006 the Friends of Brandon Station launched an initiative to look after the station, improve the appearance and facilities, promote the fast and frequent services to Norwich, Ely and Cambridge, and to seek a new tenant for the station buildings, with the ultimate goal of re-opening the station to the public. The Friends have joined both ACorP (the Association of Community Rail Partnerships) and the Adopt-a-Station scheme operated by National Express East Anglia.

In popular culture[edit]

The station was used as a location in an episode of the BBC TV series Dad's Army.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dad's Army locations Retrieved 10 February 2013

External links[edit]


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