Cantley railway station

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Cantley National Rail
Cantley station looking west
Place Cantley
Local authority Broadland
Grid reference TG381036
Station code CNY
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 16,174
2012/13 Increase 18,008
2013/14 Increase 18,898
2014/15 Increase 21,350
2015/16 Increase 21,530
Original company Yarmouth and Norwich Railway[1]
Norfolk Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
1 May 1844 Opened[1]
September 1847 Closed (NR)
January 1851 Reopened (ECR)
National RailUK railway stations
* 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.[1][2]

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.[4]<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.

On nationalisation in 1948 the station and its services became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.

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 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


  1. ^ a b c 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. 53. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ C.J. Allen[full citation needed]

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Buckenham   Abellio Greater Anglia
Wherry Lines

Coordinates: 52°34′41″N 1°30′46″E / 52.57805°N 1.51277°E / 52.57805; 1.51277