Kennett railway station

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Kennett National Rail
Kennett
Location
Place Kentford
Local authority East Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL699672
Operations
Station code KNE
Managed by Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 11,167
2005/06 Increase 13,057
2006/07 Increase 16,056
2007/08 Increase 17,675
2008/09 Decrease 16,316
2009/10 Decrease 14,542
2010/11 Increase 18,878
2011/12 Increase 20,234
2012/13 Increase 27,530
History
1854 Station opens
14 April 1965 Closed to goods
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kennett from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kennett is a railway station serving the village of Kentford in Cambridgeshire, England. It opened in 1854 when the railway was extended from Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds. At its peak during the period 1860 to 1890 there was a station master and three other members of staff. From 1929 onwards the four station staff were replaced by a 'Porter-in-charge' until 1967.[1]

During a heavy storm in 1968, the original brick bridge that crosses the River Kennett east of the station was washed away isolating the line for several days whilst a new metal structure was constructed to replace it.

The station closed to freight traffic on 28 December 1964,[2] although a Speedlink rail service continued to serve the granary behind the station until the mid-1980s. Further east of the station a siding serves Lafarge aggregate, providing sugar stone for British Sugar.

On 2 January 1967, the station became an unstaffed halt on the Cambridge-Ipswich line[3] and the main station buildings were demolished in 1976 after being left derelict [4] - although, similar to Dullingham, parts of the original building remained to serve as storage for the signal box and line side maintenance; these can be found at the entrance to platform 1 and further along platform 2. The station buildings were typical of the line between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, with similar buildings at Saxham and Risby railway station and Higham railway station (Suffolk), the latter which still remains, consisting of a two-story station master's house adjoining a small booking hall.

Since the closure and removal of the signal box and the replacement of the semaphore signals on 11 November 2011, with the movement of signal control to Bury St Edmunds Yard following further modernisation of the line to cope with increased line capacity, a new temporary footbridge has been constructed. In recent years the line has been ungraded to provide greater efficiency due to the increase of freight operations from Felixstowe to the midlands.[5] The signal box was removed by road to the Colne Valley Railway in Essex.[6]

Historical services[edit]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 1 ton 10 cwt crane.[7]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Kennett:

Operator Route Material Frequency
Greater Anglia Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich Class 170 1 every 2 hours

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newmarket or Ely   Greater Anglia
Ipswich-Cambridge/Peterborough
  Bury St Edmunds
Newmarket   Dutchflyer
Cambridge-Amsterdam
  Bury St Edmunds
Historical railways
Newmarket Warren Hill
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Ipswich-Cambridge
  Higham
Line open, station closed
Fordham
Line open, station closed
Great Eastern Railway
Ipswich-Peterborough

Coordinates: 52°16′38″N 0°29′25″E / 52.2772°N 0.4902°E / 52.2772; 0.4902