Cantley railway station
Cantley station looking west
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|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|
|September 1847||Closed (NR)|
|January 1851||Reopened (ECR)|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cantley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Cantley railway station is on the Wherry Lines in the east of England, serving the village of Cantley, Norfolk. It is 10 miles (16 km) down-line from Norwich on the route to Lowestoft and is situated between Buckenham and Reedham. Its three-letter station code is CNY.
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. The Y&NR was the first public railway line in Norfolk and was situated east of Buckenham Station and west of Reedham Station. On 30 June 1845 a Bill authorising the amalgamation of the Y&NR with the Norwich & Brandon Railway came into effect and Cantley station became a Norfolk Railway asset.
2 years after the Norfolk Railway took over the company decided that Cantley Station lacked custom which resulted in its closure.
During the four years that the station was closed the NR was taken over by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR). In January 1851, the ECR decided to reopen Cantley Station and it has remained open ever since.
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. Actually, Cantley 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.<CJ Allen - Great Eastern - page46>
The system settled down for 60 years, apart from the disruption of First World War. The difficult economic circumstances that existed after World War 1 led the Government to pass the Railways Act 1921 which led to the creation of the Big Four. The GER amalagamated with several other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). Cantley became a LNER station on 1 January 1923.
Upon privatisation the station and its services were transferred 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 management of the station.
As of December 2016[update] the typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service at Cantley is as follows:
|Operator||Route||Rolling stock||Typical frequency|
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Lowestoft - Oulton Broad North - Somerleyton - Haddiscoe - Reedham - Cantley - Brundall - Norwich||Class 153, Class 156, Class 170||1x every 2 hours in each direction|
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Great Yarmouth - Berney Arms (on request) - Reedham - Cantley - Brundall - Norwich||Class 153, Class 156, Class 170||2x per day in each direction|
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|Buckenham||Abellio Greater Anglia
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