Buckenham railway station

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Buckenham
National Rail
Buckenham railway station in 2009.jpg
LocationBuckenham, Broadland
England
Grid referenceTG350056
Managed byGreater Anglia
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBUC
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyYarmouth and Norwich Railway[1]
Pre-groupingGreat Eastern Railway[1]
Post-groupingLNER
Key dates
1 May 1844Opened[1]
Passengers
2015/16Increase 134
2016/17Decrease 122
2017/18Increase 202
2018/19Increase 216
2019/20Decrease 212
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station in 1963

Buckenham railway station is on the Wherry Lines in the east of England, serving the village of Buckenham in Norfolk. It is 7 miles 62 chains (12.5 km) down the line from Norwich on the routes to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and is situated between Brundall and Cantley.[2] Its three-letter station code is BUC.

The station was opened in 1844. Today it is managed by Greater Anglia. According to usage estimates, Buckenham is one of the least-used stations in the country, registering just 216 passenger entries/exits in 2018/19. A limited number of services stop at the station on weekends, with no services on weekdays.

RSPB Buckenham Marshes is located next to the station, with RSPB Strumpshaw Fen a short walk away. Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum is also located in the area.

History[edit]

The Bill for the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway (Y&NR), the first public railway line in Norfolk, received Royal Assent on 18 June 1842. Work started on the line in April 1843 and it opened on 1 May 1844. In June 1845 the Y&NR was amalgamated with the Norwich & Brandon Railway and Buckenham station became a Norfolk Railway asset.[1][3]

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 networks. The ECR took over in May 1848 and in August 1862 all railways in East Anglia were consolidated to form the Great Eastern Railway (GER).[4] The Railways Act 1921 led to the creation of the Big Four companies and the GER amalgamated with several companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). Buckenham became an LNER station on 1 January 1923. Upon nationalisation in 1947 the station became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways

In 1997 the privatisation of British Rail saw the station and its services were transferred to Anglia Railways, which operated it until 2004 when National Express East Anglia won the replacement franchise. In 2012 Abellio Greater Anglia won the franchise.

Services[edit]

As of April 2020 services only stop at the station at weekends, by request only. On Saturdays there is one train to Norwich and one to Lowestoft. On Sundays four trains to Norwich call at the station, with three trains to Great Yarmouth on the Berney Arms branch of the line and one train to Lowestoft.[5]

References[edit]

  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. ^ OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2005. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  3. ^ C.J. Allen[full citation needed]
  4. ^ CJ Allen - Great Eastern - page46
  5. ^ 'Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft', Greater Anglia, December 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brundall   Greater Anglia
Wherry Lines
Weekends only
  Cantley

Coordinates: 52°35′50″N 1°28′07″E / 52.59734°N 1.46852°E / 52.59734; 1.46852