Downham Market railway station
|The southbound platform at Downham Market|
|Local authority||King's Lynn and West Norfolk|
|Managed by||First Capital Connect|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 27 October 1846|
|Original company||Lynn and Ely Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|27 October 1846||Opened as Downham|
|1 June 1981||Renamed Downham Market|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Downham Market from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Downham Market railway station serves the town of Downham Market in the English county of Norfolk. The station lies on Fen Line from Cambridge to King's Lynn, which is electrified at 25 kV AC overhead. The station building is a Grade 2 listed building.
|This section requires expansion. (July 2010)|
The station was opened on 27 October 1846 as Downham, being renamed Downham Market on 1 June 1981.
Outside peak hours the services run non-stop between London and Cambridge as part of the half-hourly "Cambridge Cruiser" service. One train per hour then continues beyond Cambridge, stopping at all stations on the Fen Line to King's Lynn. These services use Class 365 electric multiple units. The station is also served by the Abellio Greater Anglia service between King's Lynn and London Liverpool Street service using Class 317 electric multiple units as part of its extended peak service timetable.
On 10 August 2009 Network Rail submitted a planning application for a new £1.5 million footbridge, describing the current foot crossing as 'one of the most dangerous in the country'. The plan was supported by the station operator First Capital Connect, with an intended completion date of summer 2011. The initial application was withdrawn following consultation with local councils, English Heritage and the Railway Heritage Trust and a revised plan submitted in December 2009 following changes to improve the appearance of the bridge. However, this proposal was rejected by King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council in April 2010, citing the lack of accessibility for disabled passengers and the effect of the bridge on the Grade 2 listed station building.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Abellio Greater Anglia
Liverpool Street - King's Lynn
(peak hours only)
Line open, station closed
|Great Eastern Railway
Line open, station closed
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 82. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Bridge for 'one of UK's most dangerous rail crossings' - Norfolk News - EDP24
- First Capital Connect - Planning application submitted for new footbridge at Downham Market
- Network Rail - Press Releases - Downham station footbridge: improved application submitted
- Borough of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Development Control Board - April 2010
- "Crossing at Downham Market train station closed after safety concerns". Eastern Daily Press. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
Media related to Downham Market railway station at Wikimedia Commons