Waterbeach railway station

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Waterbeach National Rail
Waterbeach railway station.JPG
The northbound platform at Waterbeach
Location
Place Waterbeach
Local authority South Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL500650
Operations
Station code WBC
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 197,594
2005/06 Increase 213,500
2006/07 Increase 227,281
2007/08 Increase 250,039
2008/09 Increase 277,470
2009/10 Increase 266,020
2010/11 Increase 301,376
2011/12 Increase 312,220
2012/13 Increase 335,660
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Waterbeach from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Waterbeach is a railway station serving the large village of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, England. The station lies on Fen Line from Cambridge to King's Lynn, electrified at 25 kV AC overhead. The station is 61.01 mi (98.19 km) from London Liverpool Street station via the West Anglia Main Line and 63.29 mi (101.86 km) from London King's Cross station via the East Coast Main Line.

Waterbeach station is unstaffed, and has only basic waiting shelters on each of the two platforms. All station buildings have been demolished. The platforms are staggered on each side of a half barrier level crossing. Until electrification and the automation of the crossing, the platforms were located opposite each other.

History[edit]

The northbound platform in 2004

Before electrification, British Rail services often did not stop at Waterbeach, or if they did stops would be unofficial. However, since electrification virtually all King's Lynn/Ely - Cambridge/London services have stopped there (the present timetable shows only three Monday - Friday in both directions not stopping there) passenger numbers surged, with people all across the area north of Cambridge in South Cambridgeshire using it as their primary station. As a result, passenger numbers are nearly as high as Downham Market, and the station sees a lot of parking problems.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

Waterbeach is served by two train operating companies, Great Northern and Abellio Greater Anglia, and therefore has service to different London terminals.

Great Northern[edit]

Great Northern serves Waterbeach on its "Cambridge Cruiser" services inbound to London King's Cross and outbound to King's Lynn. Trains on these services are usually composed of Class 365 or, on occasion, Class 317 electric multiple units.

Inbound trains call at Cambridge and then run non-stop to King's Cross.[1] During off-peak hours there is service every hour with supplementary trains every 30 minutes during peak hours, taking 58 minutes to arrive at King's Cross at an average of 65.4 mph (105.3 km/h).[1]

Outbound trains to King's Lynn operate every hour during off-peak times with trains every 30 minutes during peak hours.[1] Trains call at all stations and take 42 minutes to arrive at King's Lynn, operating at an average of 51.3 mph (82.6 km/h).[1]

Abellio Greater Anglia[edit]

Abellio Greater Anglia also provides peak services with trains running to Liverpool Street station in London and north to Ely and King's Lynn.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Cambridge   Great Northern
London King's Cross-Ely/King's Lynn
  Ely
  Abellio Greater Anglia
London Liverpool Street-Ely/King's Lynn
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Great Northern route timetable First Capital Connect Retrieved 2009-06-01

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°15′43″N 0°11′49″E / 52.262°N 0.197°E / 52.262; 0.197