Shippea Hill railway station
|Shippea Hill railway station in 2010|
|Local authority||East Cambridgeshire|
|Managed by||Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|2012/13||50 (reason for decrease unclear)|
|1845||Opened (Mildenhall Road)|
|1885||Renamed (Burnt Fen)|
|1904||Renamed (Shippea Hill)|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Shippea Hill from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Shippea Hill is a railway station in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It was opened in 1845 as Mildenhall Road. In 1885, its name was changed to Burnt Fen, and finally in about 1904 to Shippea Hill.
Shippea Hill is situated on the line between Ely and Norwich. According to 2003 Strategic Rail Authority figures, Shippea Hill was (and remains) one of the least-used railway stations in Great Britain with at one point just eleven passengers a year. Passenger figures saw an increase on the 2004–05 report with 37 tickets being sold that either originated or exited the network at Shippea Hill. A surprising rally saw passenger usage increase seventyfold in 2007–2008 from the low of 2004.
Situated some distance away from any substantial settlement (although not many miles from Mildenhall), Shippea Hill station is named after the nearby Shippea Hill hamlet in Burnt Fen. The land on which Shippea Hill hamlet is located is one of the few areas within Burnt Fen which rises above sea level, thus being a true, albeit very obtuse, hill.
Despite not being within walking distance of any large settlement, most of the station's car park was closed and sold off after the Privatisation of British Rail.
The station became infamous on 3 December 1976 when, at about 16.00, a passenger train collided with a lorry carrying carrots on an unmanned level crossing. The engine driver Robert (Bob) Hitcham was killed and eight passengers were injured.
The wooden level crossing gates adjacent to Shippea Hill Railway Station used to be opened and closed manually by the Signaller in Shippea Hill signal box. In August 2012, the signal box was closed and the crossing was renewed with automated full barriers with red flashing road lights.
Shippea Hill is currently served by one train per day Monday-Friday and two trains per day on Saturday.
All services stop on request only, and there is no Sunday Service.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
- City of Ely – Introduction | British History Online
- OS map of Shippea Hill
- "Report on the Accident that occurred on 3rd December 1976 at Chivers Occupation Level Crossing (No. 1) between Lakenheath and Shippea Hill in the Eastern Region British Railways". The Railways Archive. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
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