Newport (Essex) railway station

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Newport (Essex) National Rail
Newport (Essex)
Location
Place Newport
Local authority Uttlesford
Grid reference TL522335
Operations
Station code NWE
Managed by Greater Anglia
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.229 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.216 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.207 million
2007/08 Increase 0.215 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.213 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.200 million
2010/11 Increase 0.220 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.211 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.208 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Newport (Essex) from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Newport railway station serves the village of Newport in Essex, England. To the North of the Victorian station is the little-known Audley End Viaduct. At 60 ft high at its centre this is actually the highest viaduct in Essex

The station is 40 miles (64 km) north of London Liverpool Street on the West Anglia Main Line towards Cambridge.

History[edit]

The main station building was built in 1845 with the canopies added in 1884/1885. The station was built following the passing of a bill in Parliament in 1836 for a railway from London to Cambridge on a revised route passing through Newport. The Northern and Eastern Railway Company was incorporated in 1836 to build from London to Cambridge, but by 1843 they had only reached Bishop's Stortford and they were taken over by the Eastern Counties Railway Company. A contemporary newspaper, the Chelmsford Chronicle, recorded the applause and welcome the villagers gave to the first train passing through on 29 July 1845; "The music of the military band mingled at Stansted and Newport with the cheers of the mustered throngs, while the line of flags upon the carriages which danced as they rapidly cut the air, gave to the progress of the train not merely the character of gaiety, but an air of grandeur."[1]

The station design is similar to others on the same line- particularly Great Chesterford and March with only slight variants in construction and detailing. The waiting rooms still retain two distinctive painted Victorian Arts & Crafts cast iron fire surrounds designed by Thomas Jeckyll (1827–1881) and produced by Barnard, Bishop and Barnard in Norwich for the Great Eastern Railway. Thomas Jeckyll was a trained architect and started working at the foundry in 1859 and is best known for his metal work design in particular fireplace and fireplace grates.

In March 1970 the old shed over a siding at Newport station was demolished. The demolition went underway without consultation with the local community. A week later it had completely disappeared.

Siding demolition March 1970

Adoption[edit]

In November 2010 the Station was "adopted" on behalf of the community by the Newport Business Association (NBA). At the heart of Newport the railway station serves over 200,000 passengers every year. With commuters bound for London and Cambridge and children attending the Newport Free Grammar School it is people’s first sight of Newport - their introduction to the village. The station is 165 years old and was last decorated 10 years ago. It has been left gradually to fall into disrepair and neglect with graffiti and litter and a dilapidated cross-over bridge lacking non-slip surfacing to the stairs.

In conjunction with National Express East Anglia, Network Rail, British Transport Police and local businesses NBA is renovating the Station, making the gateway into Newport welcoming, attractive and secure for businesses, residents and visitors alike.[2] The station is having the front entrance renovated, bridge refurbished, station buildings repainted and decorated and replanted and landscaped wild flower areas. One in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on pollination and honey bees are dying out across the world. The overgrown woods and gardens will therefore be planted up with flowers and shrubs that encourage birds, bees and butterflies.

2500 plants have been planted in 2011 and further 300 lavender plants and five cherry trees have been planted near the station in 2012. The renovation plans for 2012-2013 include the re-opening of the community cafe at the station. The cafe will operate on sustainable energy supplies, and will serve as a landmark destination for food, drink and beverage for commuters, walkers, residents and businesses. As part of the community project, a history Mosaic of Newport station will be created with the help from the children from local schools. The Mosaic will span 2m x 3m or 1m x 6m, being made in 1m x 1m sections. This relates to the sections each school and volunteer groups will make to achieve the final design. Working closely with regional ramblers and walkers 10 new walks are being created starting from the station and going out into the beautiful countryside.[3] An extension to this initial Mosaic will be to take elements of the imagery and create nature walks posts into the surrounding area, using well known public footpaths and "signposting" elements of our flora and fauna from the Mosaic onto mile posts on local walks. To promote the nature walks, the Dick Turpin Family Fun Walk event will take place in August 2012. The Walk will help to promote the history of the area and notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was chosen as the 18th century character who was born here. Various give-aways will include the maps of walks in the area, with Newport station as central hub for walkers.

Victorian fire surround

Service[edit]

There is an hourly service each day and in each direction to London Liverpool Street southbound and Cambridge northbound, with a half hourly service in the weekday rush hours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The history of Newport, Essex by Bernard Nurse, Joy Pugh and Imogen Mollet, edited by Angela Archer. Published in 1995 by Newport News, ISBN no 0 9514601 1 0. 
  2. ^ Newport Business Association (November 2010). "Newport Station adopted by local Businesses". 
  3. ^ Saffron Walden Reporter (November 2010). "Newport Station adopted by local Businesses". 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Elsenham   Greater Anglia
West Anglia Main Line
  Audley End

Coordinates: 51°58′48″N 0°12′54″E / 51.980°N 0.215°E / 51.980; 0.215