Ipswich railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Ipswich, Suffolk|
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||4|
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Ipswich railway station is a railway station serving the town of Ipswich in Suffolk, England. The station is located on the Great Eastern Main Line 68 miles (111 km) east of 3⁄4London Liverpool Street towards Norwich. Ipswich station is to the southeast of the junction between the main line and the East Suffolk Line to Lowestoft (and to Felixstowe via the Felixstowe Branch Line).
The Eastern Union Railway opened its first terminus in Ipswich in 1846 on Station Road at the other end of the present-day tunnel close to the old quay for the Steamboats and the aptly named 'Steamboat Tavern'. The Ipswich Steam Navigation Company had been formed in 1824/1825 during a period of 'steamship mania' and briefly offered services from the quay between Ipswich and London calling at Walton-on-the-Naze.
Ipswich engine shed [ shed code 32B ] opened in 1846 and was at the south end of Stoke tunnel. It was the 3rd largest shed in the Great Eastern area during the steam era after Stratford and Cambridge.
The station's original lifts were removed in 1993 when the line was electrified.
Following the Privatisation of British Rail services from Ipswich Station were operated by Anglia Railways from 1997 until April 2004 after which the franchise was won by National Express East Anglia (operating under the 'one' brand until 2008).
In the five years between 2004/05 and 2008/09 patronage rose by 50% from 2 million per year to 3 million per year.
Ticket barriers were installed in the station building in May 2009 and the exit gate on Platform 2 closed permanently.
- Platform 1 is a bay platform for trains to/from Saxmundham and Lowestoft and Ipswich to Felixstowe services.
- Platform 2 is used for through trains to London from Norwich and Ipswich to Felixstowe services.
- Platform 3 is used for through trains to Norwich from London and Ipswich to Cambridge services.
- Platform 4 (4A,4B, 4C) is used for services to Cambridge and Peterborough, and stopping services to London.
There is an avoiding line between the lines that serve the main through platforms 2 and 3.
Prior to electrification there were 2 short sidings at the London end of the up platform which were used for locomotive changes on up trains when required.
Platforms 3 and 4 can be accessed via the footbridge or by lift.
Opposite Platform 4 at Ipswich Station is a stabling point used by Freightliner diesel and electric locomotives. Classes 66, 70, 86 and 90 are the most common, although locomotives of other companies have been known to use the point in the past. For railway photographers, Platforms 3 and 4 offer the best views of the stabling point.
The station has extensive facilities including self-service ticket machines, ticket counters, a WHSmith convenience store, 2 cafes, a multi-storey car park, taxi stand, bus station and ATMs. The whole stations is now fully accessible, with lifts having been installed in 2011.
The following services currently call at Ipswich:
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Great Eastern Main Line outer suburban
Line open, station closed
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Line open, station closed
Ipswich Railway Chord (Bacon chord)
The Ipswich Railway Chord (or 'Bacon chord' in early documentation) is a short 1415 metres section of railway line being constructed to link the East Suffolk Line and the Great Eastern Main Line just North of Ipswich Goods Yard. This chord will allow freight trains from the Port of Felixstowe to access the West Coast Main Line using the Ipswich to Ely Line and a cross-country route via Nuneaton, rather than via the Great Eastern Main Line and the North London Line.
The chord is being built on the site of an old Bacon Factory, hence its original name. It has been reported that the finished scheme will 'take 750,000 lorries off the roads'.
Bus services depart from several stops around the station. There is an information poster outside the station, by the main bus stands. Many other services depart from in the Town; Ipswich Old Cattle Market bus station (For regional buses) and Tower Ramparts Bus Station for Town Services.
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- "Autumn / Winter 2008 Newsletter". Mid Anglia Rail Passengers Association (MARPA). Retrieved 2010-03-30. "The original lift was demolished when the line was electrified"
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- "£50m rail upgrade gets the go ahead". East Anglian Daily Times. 05-02-2010. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- "Felixstowe: Work starts on new rail line to take containers off the A14".
- "National Infrastructure Planning". National Infrastructure Planning. Retrieved 5 September 2012.