Berney Arms railway station
Berney Arms railway station
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Yarmouth and Norwich Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1 May 1844||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Berney Arms from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Berney Arms railway station is a halt serving the remote settlement of Berney Arms on the Halvergate Marshes in the English county of Norfolk. As of 2013 the station is operated by Abellio Greater Anglia with a limited number of trains stopping on the Wherry Lines service between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
The station, which is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the nearest road, is the most remote station in Norfolk. It is accessible only by rail or on foot: the station is a 650 metres (0.40 mi) walk from the River Yare where private boats can moor. The station was adopted in 2010 as part of the Station Adoption Scheme.
The station was opened in 1844 as part of the Yarmouth and Norwich Railway. Local landowner Thomas Trench Berney sold the land to the railway company on condition that a station be built. A few years later, the railway company stopped serving the station, saying that there had been no agreement to actually serve the railway station that they agreed to build. After lengthy legal proceedings, it was agreed to serve the station in perpetuity. During the 1980s British Rail wanted to close the line between Reedham and Great Yarmouth, with the associated closure of the station. Local opposition resulted in the plan being withdrawn.
The line is promoted as part of the Wherry Lines service operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. Services use Class 153, Class 156 or Class 170 diesel multiple units. As of February 2014, two trains stop to Norwich and two to Great Yarmouth each day apart from on Sundays when the station is served by four trains in each direction. Service frequencies generally increase slightly during the summer period to three trains in each direction each day and five in each direction on a weekend.
The station is located around 600 metres (0.37 mi) from the River Yare in an area of exposed grazing marsh. The surrounding marshland is managed as the RSPB Berney Marshes reserve and is adjacent to Breydon Water, a major site for wildfowl. Berney Arms Windmill, owned by English Heritage, is located on the Yare near to the station as is the Berney Arms, a public house open during the summer period.
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- Berney Arms Station, Berney Arms Station adopter website, 2010. retrieved 2011-04-17.
- Berney Arms Railway Station, Berney Arms Web. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- McKie.D (2010) The rail to nowhere, The Guardian, 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- 'Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft', Greater Anglia, December 2013.
- "Unlikely Survival". The Railway Magazine: 132–133. April 1984.
- Hidden Europe Magazine (11): 10–11. November 2006. Missing or empty
- Train times and station information for Berney Arms railway station from National Rail
- Walking guides, travel information and things to do at Berney Arms.
- History and photographs on Berney Arms Web
- Large scale map and walk
- Video about Berney Arms railway station and the local area
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Reedham||Abellio Greater Anglia