Harling Road railway station
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|30 July 1845||Opened as Harling|
|September 1849||Renamed Harling Road|
|28 December 1964||Closed to freight|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Harling Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Harling Road railway station is on the Breckland Line in the east of England, serving the small villages of Larling, Roudham and East Harling, Norfolk. The line runs between Cambridge in the west and Norwich in the east.
Harling Road is situated between Thetford and Eccles Road, 101 miles 35 chains (163.2 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street via Ely. The station is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also operates most of the services calling at the station. Some East Midlands Trains also stop at Harling Road.
The Bill for the Norwich & Brandon Railway (N&BR) received Royal Assent on 10 May 1844. Work started on the line in 1844 and the line and its stations were opened on 30 July 1845. Harling station opened with the line and was situated east of Roudham station and west of Eccles Road station. The line ran from Ely to Trowse, in Norwich. The link into Norwich was delayed due to the need to build a bridge over the River Wensum that kept the river navigable. One month before the N&BR opened a Bill authorising the amalgamation of the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway with the N&BR came into effect and so Harling station became a Norfolk Railway asset.
The station is situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-west of East Harling, the village from which it takes its name. A footpath links the station to the village.
Harling Road is a small station and until recently had remained largely outdated. The wooden level crossing gates adjacent to the station used to be opened and closed manually by a signaller in the Harling Road signal box. In December 2012 the signal box was closed and the crossing was renewed with automatic barriers with warning lights.
Passenger facilities are basic, with a car-park and seating in a shelter on the eastbound (Norwich) platform only. There is a bicycle shelter on the westbound (Cambridge) platform. There is no ticket office, and tickets may be bought from the conductor on the train.
Harling Road is located in a rural area, and is ideally placed to provide access to the countryside for those who can not, or do not wish to, make use of a car for transportation. There is easy access to several long-distance footpaths, including the Peddars Way, Angles Way, Icknield Way, Iceni Way and the Hereward Way. There are a number of other opportunities with Knettishall Heath, West Harling Heath and Wayland Wood (where the events that inspired the Babes in the Wood took place) all being within walking distance.
As of December 2015[update], from Monday to Saturday there are two westbound trains per day, one operated by East Midlands Trains which calls at Thetford and Ely before continuing on to Liverpool Lime Street, the other operated by Abellio Greater Anglia which runs to Cambridge, also calling at Thetford, Brandon and Ely.
There is no Sunday service.
- C.J. Allen[full citation needed]
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 17 (Network Rail)
- for Harling Road railway station
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|Abellio Greater Anglia|
|East Midlands Trains
Line open, station closed
|Great Eastern Railway
Line and station open