Manningtree railway station

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Manningtree National Rail
Manningtree station in 2013 - up side exterior.JPG
Place Manningtree
Local authority District of Tendring
Grid reference TM093322
Station code MNG
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 3
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.720 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.708 million
2006/07 Increase 0.865 million
2007/08 Increase 0.910 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.833 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.799 million
2010/11 Increase 0.891 million
2011/12 Increase 0.983 million
2012/13 Increase 1.093 million
2013/14 Increase 1.154 million
Key dates Opened 1846 (1846)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Manningtree from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Manningtree is a railway station which serves the town of Manningtree in Essex, England. Services are provided by Abellio Greater Anglia. The station is on the Great Eastern Main Line between London and Norwich and is the only station on the main line between Colchester and Ipswich. Manningtree is a junction station for the important branch to Harwich, known as the Mayflower Line. Most services between Manningtree and Harwich run only the length of the Mayflower Line, but a few are through services to or from London, Colchester or Cambridge. Manningtree Station is quite a popular commuter station.


The station was originally opened by the Eastern Union Railway in 1846[1] but rebuilt by the Great Eastern Railway in 1899–1901 when the present main building was designed by W.N. Ashbee.


A train approaching Platform 2 in July 2013

Immediately east of the station there is a triangle of junctions, known as Manningtree South, North and East junctions and originally each double track junction was controlled by an individual signal box. In 1926 the LNER installed a new power box at Manningtree South which controlled all three junctions.[2] Today, the north to east curve connecting Ipswich with Harwich is a single track, having been reduced from double track.[3] All three sides of the triangle are electrified.

A second interesting feature just east of the station is a combination of a road underpass and a level crossing. The underpass has limited height and the parallel level crossing is needed to permit higher vehicles to cross the railway.

There is a fourth platform on the outer side of the down platform which is electrified, but its use would be confined to 'one-off' emergency situations. It can only be used to access the Ipswich main line, whereas the end bay at the country end of the up platform can only be accessed from the Harwich branch.[4]

The station has (on the westbound platform) a manned booking office and a self-service ticket machine. There is a 'side' gate west of the station building for use outside office hours and a PERTIS self-service ticket machine is available here. There is also a station buffet at the eastern end of the station building.


The following services currently call at Manningtree:

Operator Route Material Frequency
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Colchester - Manningtree - Ipswich - Diss - Norwich Class 90 + Mark 3 Coaching Stock 1x per hour
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Chelmsford - Colchester - Manningtree - Ipswich - Stowmarket - Diss - Norwich Class 90 + Mark 3 Coaching Stock 1x per hour
Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Hatfield Peverel - Witham - Kelvedon - Marks Tey - Colchester - Manningtree - Ipswich Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour
Abellio Greater Anglia Manningtree - Mistley - Wrabness - Harwich International - Dovercourt - Harwich Town Class 321, Class 360 1x per hour
A Norwich to London train (left) connects with a Harwich train
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
London - Amsterdam
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Eastern Railway
Line open, station closed

Bus services[edit]

These services depart from outside the station. They are operated by Hedingham, Carters, Hadleigh Community Transport and First.

  • 2 Mistley - Manningtree Station - Lawford - Little Bromley - Tendring - Weeley - Clacton Shopping Village - Clacton
  • 92 Ipswich - Holbrook - Brantham - Cattawade - Manningtree Station
  • 93C Ipswich - Capel St Mary - East Bergholt - Brantham - Manningtree Station - Manningtree - Mistley
  • 96 Ipswich - Wherstead - Tattingstone - Bentley - Capel St Mary - East Bergholt - Brantham - Cattawade - Manningtree Station - Manningtree - Mistley
  • 193 East Bergholt - Cattawade - Manningtree Station - Mistley - Lawford - Ardleigh
  • 796 Hadleigh - Raydon - East Bergholt - Cattawade - Manningtree Station


  1. ^ Moffat, Hugh (1987). East Anglia's First Railways. Lavenham: Terence Dalton. ISBN 0-86138-038-X. 
  2. ^ Bonavia, Michael R. (1985) [1982]. A History of the LNER, Vol. 1, The First Years 1923-33. London: Guild Publishing. p. 60. CN 4143. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic (June 2011). Branch lines to Harwich and Hadleigh. Midhurst: Middleton Press. plates 3 and 4. ISBN 978-1-908174-02-4. 
  4. ^ Mitchell 2011, plate 10

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Coordinates: 51°56′56″N 1°02′42″E / 51.949°N 1.045°E / 51.949; 1.045