Marks Tey railway station
Marks Tey railway station in 2005
|Local authority||Borough of Colchester|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|- Interchange||0.376 million|
|- Interchange||0.375 million|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Marks Tey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Marks Tey railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) in the East of England, serving the village of Marks Tey, Essex. It is 46 miles 49 chains (75.0 km) down-line from London Liverpool Street and on the GEML is situated between Kelvedon to the west and Colchester and to the east. Marks Tey is also a junction of the Sudbury Branch Line where the branch joins the GEML. Its three-letter station code is MKT.
The station opened in 1844 for services on the Great Eastern Main Line, and the Sudbury Branch Line followed in 1849. From that date until 1889 the station was known as Marks Tey Junction. The branch is only accessible to trains travelling from Colchester up towards London.
The opening of the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway off the Sudbury branch in 1860 and the extension of the branch beyond Sudbury via the Stour Valley Railway in 1865 to Cambridge added importance to Marks Tey as a junction, allowing through-trains from Colchester.
These passenger services were gradually cut back and the closure of the Sudbury to Cambridge link in March 1967 saw the end of through running.
An 1897 survey shows sidings on the up-side at the Colchester end of the main line platform but the main concentration of sidings including a goods shed and a turntable are on the down-side at the Colchester end primarily servicing the branch line.
Accidents and incidents
- On 29 December 1906, 34 people sustained minor injuries in a collision between two portions of a split passenger train at Marks Tey. As the main portion of the 5:30 pm service from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich came to an unscheduled stop at the station, the rear portion had been erroneously detached from the front section and crashed into the rear of it at low speed.
- On 12 June 2008, a freight train was partially derailed at Marks Tey due to a track defect, causing minor injury to its two crew members. As it passed through the station at 2:05 pm two wheelsets on one of the wagons were derailed, also causing damage to the rolling stock and to infrastructure.
The typical off-peak service along the Great Eastern Main Line is of two trains per hour to London Liverpool Street, and one per hour to each of Ipswich and Colchester Town. In addition there is an hourly service along the branch line to Sudbury. The services are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.
A British Rail Class 156 at platform 3, typical of the trains used on the Sudbury branch
- Mitchell, Victor E. (April 2011). Eastern Main Lines - Shenfield to Ipswich. Midhurst: Middleton Press. Plan VIII. ISBN 978 1 906008 96 3.
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- Train times and station information for Marks Tey railway station from National Rail
- Station pictures and facilities from Marks Tey Rail Users' Association
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