Kennett railway station

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Kennett National Rail
KennettRailwayStation2016.jpg
Kennett Railway Station in June 2016
Location
Place Kentford
Local authority East Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL699672
Operations
Station code KNE
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 20,234
2012/13 Increase 27,530
2013/14 Increase 30,992
2014/15 Increase 31,896
2015/16 Increase 35,692
History
1854 Station opens
14 April 1965 Closed to goods
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kennett from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kennett is a railway station serving the village of Kentford in Cambridgeshire, England. It opened in 1854 when the railway was extended from Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds. At its peak during the period 1860 to 1890 there was a station master and three other members of staff. From 1929 onwards the four station staff were replaced by a 'Porter-in-charge' until 1967.[1]

During a heavy storm in 1968, the original brick bridge that crosses the River Kennett east of the station was washed away isolating the line for several days whilst a new metal structure was constructed to replace it.

The station closed to freight traffic on 28 December 1964,[2] although a Speedlink rail service continued to serve the granary behind the station until the mid-1980s. Further east of the station a siding serves Lafarge aggregate, providing sugar stone for British Sugar.

On 2 January 1967, the station became an unstaffed halt on the Cambridge-Ipswich line[3] and the main station buildings were demolished in 1976 after being left derelict.[4] Parts of the original building were retained to serve as storage for the signal box and line-side maintenance; these can be found at the entrance to platform 1 and further along platform 2. The station buildings were typical of the line between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, and consisted of a two-story station master's house adjoining a small booking hall, similar to the extant buildings at Higham station.[citation needed]

Station improvements[edit]

The signal box closed following the replacement of the semaphore signals on 11 November 2011. It was subsequently removed and transported by road to the Colne Valley Railway in Essex.[5] Signal control was moved to Bury St Edmunds Yard because of modernisation of the line to provide increased capacity. The growth in demand comes from the increase of freight operations from Felixstowe to the midlands.[6]

A new footbridge has since been constructed.[when?]

Building work to improve the station continued until the spring of 2016. For the platforms this meant a rebuild of platform 1, resurfacing of both platforms, the addition of sheltered and unsheltered seating, and the installation of LED lamp posts. The carpark was also improved, with the addition of dedicated motorbike and bicycle parking, and an illuminated noticeboard to display train timetables and planned service alterations.

Historical services[edit]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 1-ton 10 cwt crane.[7]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Kennett:

Operator Route Material Frequency
Abellio Greater Anglia Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich Class 170 1 every 2 hours

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newmarket   Abellio Greater Anglia
Ipswich-Cambridge
  Bury St Edmunds
Newmarket   Dutchflyer
Cambridge-Amsterdam
  Bury St Edmunds
Historical railways
Newmarket Warren Hill
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Ipswich-Cambridge
  Higham
Line open, station closed
Fordham
Line open, station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Ipswich-Peterborough
 

Coordinates: 52°16′38″N 0°29′25″E / 52.2772°N 0.4902°E / 52.2772; 0.4902