Brundall railway station

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Brundall National Rail
Platform 1 (westbound)
Place Brundall
Local authority Broadland
Grid reference TG328079
Station code BDA
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 88,984
– Interchange  Decrease 590
2012/13 Increase 94,554
– Interchange  Increase 742
2013/14 Decrease 92,892
– Interchange  Decrease 435
2014/15 Increase 98,472
– Interchange  Increase 566
2015/16 Increase 104,734
– Interchange  Decrease 561
Original company Yarmouth and Norwich Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway[1]
Post-grouping LNER
1 May 1844 Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Brundall from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Brundall railway station is on the Wherry Lines in the east of England, serving the village of Brundall, Norfolk. It is 5 miles 62 chains (9.3 km) down-line from Norwich on the route to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.[2] Its three-letter station code is BDA.[3]

The station was opened in 1844. Today it is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia.[1]


The bill for the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway (Y&NR) received Royal Assent on 18 June 1842. Work started on the line in April 1843 and the line and its stations were opened on 1 May 1844. Brundall Station opened with the line and was situated east of Norwich station and west of Buckenham station. The Y&NR was the first public railway line in Norfolk. On 30 June 1845 a Bill authorising the amalgamation of the Y&NR with the Norwich & Brandon Railway came into effect and Brundall station became a Norfolk Railway asset.[4][1]

On 15 December 1845 a swing bridge over the River Wensum opened and this allowed freight trains going to and from Yarmouth via Brundall to bypass Norwich. The Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) and its rival the Eastern Union Railway (EUR) were both sizing up the Norfolk Railway to acquire and expand their railway empire. The ECR trumped the EUR by taking over the Norfolk Railway, including Brundall Station on 8 May 1848.

By the 1860s the railways in East Anglia were in financial trouble, and most were leased to the Eastern Counties Railway, which wished to amalgamate formally but could not obtain government agreement for this until an Act of Parliament on 7 August 1862, when the Great Eastern Railway (GER) was formed by the amalgamation. Brundall became a GER station on 1 July 1862 when the GER took over the ECR and the EUR before the Bill received the Royal Assent.[5]

In the 1870s the GER started to expand its network east of Norwich. The GER obtained powers to build a line to Cromer leaving the Yarmouth to Norwich line at Whitlingham. The opening of Whitlingham station and the new line on 20 October 1874 meant that Brundall was now separated from Norwich Thorpe by the new station.

The next development occurred in the 1880s. The GER obtained powers to build a new line from Great Yarmouth to Brundall via Acle. The new line joined the old Yarmouth & Norwich route at Brundall which was now a junction station. Brundall achieved its junction status on 1 June 1883.

With the passing of the Railways Act 1921, the GER amalgamated with other railways to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923, and so Brundall became a LNER station. A new station, Brundall Gardens Halt, was opened to the west of Brundall on 1 August 1924.

The Transport Act 1947 nationalised the LNER to create British Railways (BR) on 1 January 1948, and Brundall became a BR station.

Following privatisation of the railways, Railtrack became responsible for infrastructure maintenance in 1994. Following Railtrack's financial problems Network Rail took over operation of the infrastructure in 2002.

The operation of the line was privatised in 1997 when the franchise was awarded to Anglia Railways, which operated it until April 2004 when National Express East Anglia won the replacement franchise, operating under the brand name 'one' until February 2008. From February 2012 Abellio Greater Anglia took over operating the franchise.

The station is served by Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.


  1. ^ a b c d Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Yonge, John (September 2006) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 2: Eastern (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 8. ISBN 0-9549866-2-8. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  4. ^ C.J. Allen[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1956) [1955]. The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan. p. 46. 

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Coordinates: 52°37′10″N 1°26′22″E / 52.61944°N 1.43944°E / 52.61944; 1.43944

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brundall Gardens   Abellio Greater Anglia
Wherry Lines
(via Acle)
  Abellio Greater Anglia
Wherry Lines
(via Reedham)