Downham Market railway station

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Downham Market National Rail
Downham Market
The southbound platform at Downham Market
Location
Place Downham Market
Local authority King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Grid reference TF602033
Operations
Station code DOW
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*
2004/05   277,744
2005/06 Decrease 276,900
2006/07 Increase 307,013
2007/08 Increase 361,433
2008/09 Increase 365,612
2009/10 Decrease 360,062
2010/11 Increase 406,690
2011/12 Increase 431,994
2012/13 Increase 452,674
History
Key dates Opened 27 October 1846 (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
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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 Downham Market from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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.

The station is served by First Capital Connect as part of their service from London King's Cross to King's Lynn.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 27 October 1846 as Downham, being renamed Downham Market on 1 June 1981.[1]

Services[edit]

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.

Footbridge[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

The foot crossing has since been closed and passengers must now use the nearby road level crossing to switch between platforms.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Littleport   Great Northern
London-King's Lynn
  Watlington
  Abellio Greater Anglia
Liverpool Street - King's Lynn
(peak hours only)
 
Historical railways
Denver
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Fen Line
  Stow Bardolph
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Downham Market railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°36′20″N 0°22′02″E / 52.60560°N 0.36724°E / 52.60560; 0.36724