Downham Market railway station

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Downham Market National Rail
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The southbound platform at Downham Market
Location
Place Downham Market
Local authority King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Grid reference TF602033
Operations
Station code DOW
Managed by Great Northern
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.432 million
2012/13 Increase 0.453 million
2013/14 Increase 0.460 million
2014/15 Increase 0.492 million
2015/16 Increase 0.500 million
History
Key dates Opened 27 October 1846 (27 October 1846)
Original company Lynn and Ely Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
27 October 1846 Opened as Downham
1 June 1981 Renamed Downham Market
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Downham Market from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Downham Market railway station serves the town of Downham Market in the English county of Norfolk. The station lies on the Fen Line from Cambridge to King's Lynn, which is electrified at 25 kV AC overhead. The station building (1846), built of carrstone with pale brick dressings, is Grade II listed.[1]

The station is served by Great Northern as part of their express service from London King's Cross to King's Lynn via Ely.

History[edit]

Signal box at Downham Market railway station

The Lynn & Ely Railway Bill received the Royal Assent on 30 June 1845. Work started on the line in 1846 and the line and its stations were opened on 27 October 1846. Downham Station opened with the line and was situated south of Stow Station and was a temporary end of the line. The line was completed to Ely in 1847. On New Year's Day Downham station ceased to be a temporary terminus when the line was opened through to Denver Road Gate.[2]

The new line connected King's Lynn and its harbour with Ely and trains to London.

The wooden signal box, built for the Great Eastern Railway in 1881, was listed Grade II in 2013.[3]

Services[edit]

Outside peak hours the services run non-stop between London and Cambridge as part of the half-hourly "Cambridge Cruiser" service. One train per hour continues beyond Cambridge, stopping at all stations on the Fen Line to King's Lynn. These services currently use Class 365 electric multiple units. The station is also served by the Abellio Greater Anglia service between King's Lynn and London Liverpool Street service using Class 317 electric multiple units as part of its extended peak service timetable.

Footbridge[edit]

On 10 August 2009 Network Rail submitted a planning application for a new £1.5 million footbridge, describing the current foot crossing as 'one of the most dangerous in the country'. The plan was supported by then station operator First Capital Connect, with an intended completion date of summer 2011.[4][5] The initial application was withdrawn following consultation with local councils, English Heritage and the Railway Heritage Trust and a revised plan submitted in December 2009 following changes to improve the appearance of the bridge.[6] However, this proposal was rejected by King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council in April 2010, citing the lack of accessibility for disabled passengers and the effect of the bridge on the Grade II listed station building.[7]

The foot crossing has since been closed and passengers must now use the nearby road level crossing to switch between platforms.[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Littleport   Great Northern
London-King's Lynn
  Watlington
  Abellio Greater Anglia
Liverpool Street - King's Lynn
(peak hours only)
 
Historical railways
Denver
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Fen Line
  Stow Bardolph
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Downham Market railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°36′20″N 0°22′02″E / 52.60560°N 0.36724°E / 52.60560; 0.36724