Harling Road railway station

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Harling Road National Rail
Harling Road
Place East Harling
Local authority Breckland
Grid reference TL978879
Station code HRD
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 3,964
2005/06 Increase 4,870
2006/07 Decrease 4,076
2007/08 Increase 4,323
2008/09 Decrease 4,154
2009/10 Decrease 3,900
2010/11 Decrease 3,494
2011/12 Increase 4,224
2012/13 Decrease 3,592
30 July 1845 Opened (Harling)
September 1849 Renamed (Harling Road)
28 December 1964 Closed to freight
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Harling Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Harling Road railway station is a rural railway station serving the village of East Harling in Norfolk. It is served by local services operated by East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia on the Breckland Line 22 34 miles (36.6 km) west of Norwich to Peterborough and Cambridge.

The station[edit]

The station is situated 2 miles (3.2 km) north of East Harling, from which it takes its name. A footpath runs between the station and the village. Train services from the station run to Norwich, Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Grantham, Nottingham, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Warrington Central, Widnes, Liverpool South Parkway, and Liverpool Lime Street. Connections may be made to many other parts of the National Rail network.

Harling Road is a small station and until recently had remained largely unmodernised. The wooden level crossing gates adjacent to Harling Road railway station used to be opened and closed manually by the Signaller in Harling Road signal box. However, in December 2012 the signal box was closed and the crossing was renewed with automated full barriers with red flashing road lights.

Passenger facilities are basic, with seating on both platforms and a passenger shelter on the Eastbound platform only. The shelter on the Westbound platform is for bicycles, but unfortunately there is nothing to which cycles may be chained. There is no ticket office, and tickets to any rail station in Britain may be bought from the conductor on the train. The station has a car park.

Harling Road station is located in a rural area, and is ideally placed to provide access to the countryside for those who can not, or do not wish to, make use of a car for transportation. There is easy access to several long distance footpaths, including the Peddars Way, Angles Way, Icknield Way, Iceni Way and the Hereward Way. There are plenty other opportunities with Knettishall Heath, West Harling Heath and Wayland Wood (where the events that inspired the "Babes in the Wood" took place) all being within walking distance. The little used country lanes in the area also provide plenty of opportunity for country walks.


As of 2006, Harling Road sees a limited service. There are 2 daily westbound services, one of which is operated by East Midlands Trains and runs to Liverpool Lime Street, the other operated by Greater Anglia serves Cambridge. Eastbound, there are 2 early morning services to Norwich: one of which is operated by East Midlands Trains the other by Greater Anglia.

There is no Sunday service.

A Normal Monday to Friday service operates on Most Bank Holidays.

The signal box and level crossing in June 2010 (Closed December 2012)

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Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service
Limited Service
Greater Anglia
Limited Service
Historical railways
Roudham Junction
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Norfolk Railway
  Eccles Road
Line and station open

Coordinates: 52°27′12″N 0°54′29″E / 52.45326°N 0.90808°E / 52.45326; 0.90808