Bury St Edmunds railway station

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Bury St Edmunds National Rail
Bury St Edmunds
The station entrance
Place Bury St Edmunds
Local authority St Edmundsbury
Grid reference TL852651
Station code BSE
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 203,996
2004/05 Increase211,468
2005/06 Increase240,952
2006/07 Increase275,403
2007/08 Increase373,740
2008/09 Increase415,914
2009/10 Increase419,782
2010/11 Increase469,500
2011/12 Increase488,470
2012/13 Increase566,110
Key dates Opened 1847 (1847)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bury St Edmunds from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bury St Edmunds railway station serves the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England. The station, and all trains calling there, are operated by Greater Anglia.

Historical services[edit]

The station in 1966

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G (Goods), P (Passenger, Parcels & Miscellaneous), F (Furniture Vans, Carriages, Motor Cars, Portable Engines and Machines on Wheels), L (Livestock), H (Horse Boxes and Prize Cattle Vans) and C (Carriages and Motor Cars by Passenger or Parcels Train); there was a 9 ton crane. Private sidings were operated by British Sugar, Burlingham & Son, J Gough & Son, Ridley Coal & Iron and H A& D Taylor.[1]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Bury St Edmunds:

Operator Route Material Frequency
Greater Anglia Peterborough - Whittlesea - March - Manea - Ely - Bury St Edmunds - Stowmarket - Ipswich Class 170 Every 2 hours
Greater Anglia Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich Class 170 1x per hour

In years past, the station has been served by through trains to/from London Liverpool Street (up until the December 2010 timetable change) and boat trains from Harwich Parkstone Quay to the North West & Scotland (including "The European" to Glasgow Central & Edinburgh Waverley in the early/mid 1980s). As of December 2013 though, there is only a single return trip between Cambridge & Harwich International in the timetable and no other scheduled services beyond Peterborough, Cambridge or Ipswich.[2]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Greater Anglia
Peterborough – Ipswich
Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Eastern Railway
Line and station open
Disused railways
Line and station closed
Great Eastern Railway Terminus
Line and station closed
Great Eastern Railway

Architecture and layout[edit]

The station platforms

Designed by Sancton Wood (the architect also of Ipswich and Cambridge railway stations as well as many stations in Ireland, the principal of which is Heuston Station, Dublin), the station was formally inaugurated in November 1847, eleven months after the opening of the Eastern Union Railway's line from Ipswich.

The most noteworthy feature of the station, which is constructed of red brick with stone dressings, is a pair of towers (originally linked by an overall roof, removed in 1893) on either side of the tracks at the eastern end of the layout. As first built – as a terminus – the station had four tracks, although in practice only one platform was used before the line was extended to Newmarket in 1854. Today a wide space separates the two surviving through tracks, which serve Platform 2 (for trains from Ipswich) and Platform 1 (called at by those heading east).[3][4]

The semi-elliptical brick arch bridge over Northgate Road to the east of the station, which like the station building is a Grade II listed building, has been credited to Frederick Barnes and Charles Russell.


Due to the freight train derailment on a bridge near Ely in June 2007, trains to Peterborough from London (via Ipswich) were terminating at Bury St Edmunds while the bridge was rebuilt. Train services resumed on 21 December 2007.


  1. ^ Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission, 1956.
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetabe December 2013 - May 2014, Table 14
  3. ^ Biddle, Gordon (2003). Britain's Historic Railway Buildings. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866247-5. 
  4. ^ "Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk". Great Eastern Journal (106): 23–9. April 2001. 

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Coordinates: 52°15′14″N 0°42′47″E / 52.254°N 0.713°E / 52.254; 0.713