March railway station

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March National Rail
March
Location
Place March
Local authority Fenland
Coordinates 52°33′38″N 0°05′26″E / 52.5605°N 0.0905°E / 52.5605; 0.0905Coordinates: 52°33′38″N 0°05′26″E / 52.5605°N 0.0905°E / 52.5605; 0.0905
Grid reference TL418978
Operations
Station code MCH
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 266,164
2005/06 Increase 276,938
2006/07 Increase 296,607
2007/08 Decrease 293,434
2008/09 Increase 305,256
2009/10 Decrease 301,832
2010/11 Increase 316,292
2011/12 Increase 335,232
2012/13 Increase 350,246
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at March from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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March railway station serves the town of March in Cambridgeshire, England. The station is 14 miles (23 km) east of Peterborough on the Ely to Peterborough Line.

The station was once a major railway junction with a confluence of lines radiating from the town. The station has been reduced in importance in recent years with several railway lines being dismantled or mothballed. The important cross-country regional route between Ely and Peterborough still runs through the station and an increasing number of freight trains pass through the town.

The station originally had seven platforms. However, two of these are now filled-in bay platforms, and the track has been removed from a further west-facing bay on the southern side of the station. There are now just two operational platforms, although track has recently been re-laid on two disused platforms on the northern side of the station and it is anticipated that these may be used should proposals to reopen the line to Wisbech come to fruition. The Whitemoor marshalling yard has now been returned to use in 2004 having been disused since the early 1990s.

Spalding, St Ives and Wisbech branches[edit]

March was once a junction for lines to Spalding (opened in 1867 by the Great Northern Railway and subsequently vested jointly with the Great Eastern Railway in 1879), St Ives and Watlington via Wisbech.[1] The Spalding line was closed by British Rail in November 1982 and was completely lifted a few years later. The St Ives branch (opened in 1848) was closed completely in March 1967 as a result of the Beeching Axe, whilst the Wisbech line (known as "The Bramley Line" by some) closed to all traffic in 2000 having lost its regular passenger services (through to Kings Lynn) in September 1968. The trackwork however remains intact and there are plans to reopen the line as a heritage line run and maintained by enthusiasts. As part of these plans during 2006 the level crossing over the A47 was re-laid, having been removed following one complaint about the rails being loose, so supposedly dangerous, in 2004.

Service[edit]

On weekdays, Abellio Greater Anglia operate a two hourly service eastbound to Ipswich and westbound to Peterborough. CrossCountry operate an hourly service eastbound to Cambridge and Stansted Airport, westbound services serve Peterborough, Leicester and Birmingham New Street. The hourly East Midland Trains service between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street via Peterborough, Nottingham and Manchester Piccadilly normally runs through without stopping, though a few morning & evening peak trains do call.[2]

On Sundays the service frequency is similar, without CrossCountry services to Whittlesea and Manea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Disused Stations - MarchDisused Stations; Retrieved 2014-01-10
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 49

Image gallery[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
CrossCountry
Limited Service
Limited Service
Greater Anglia
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service
Limited Service
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Terminus   Wisbech and March Bramleyline   March Elm Road
Historical railways
Eastrea
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Peterborough to Ely
  Stonea
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Eastern Railway
March to King's Lynn
  Coldham
Line and station closed
Guyhirne
Line and station closed
  Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway
Doncaster to March
  Terminus
Terminus   Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway
March to St Ives
  Wimblington
Line and station closed

External links[edit]

Media related to March railway station at Wikimedia Commons