Thetford railway station
|Local authority||Breckland, Norfolk|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 30 July 1845|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Thetford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Thetford railway station is a railway station serving the town of Thetford in the English county of Norfolk. It is served by local services operated by Abellio Greater Anglia on the Breckland Line and Long distance East Midlands Trains services. It lies 30½ miles (49 km) west of Norwich on the line to Peterborough and Cambridge. It is the nearest railway station from the Center Parcs resort of Elveden Forest, 5 miles west of the station.
The original station building of knapped flint was constructed by Norwich & Brandon Railway in 1845; the brickwork extension dates from 1889, and the year is engraved on its facade. The well-preserved station complex is a Grade II listed building.
Thetford station was once also the terminus for a branch to Swaffham which branched off at the next station along the line (Roudham Junction). That branch was closed in 1964 as part of the Beeching Axe. The other branch (Thetford to Bury St Edmunds line) ran south, calling at the town's other station (Thetford Bridge) which closed to passengers in 1953.
Generally, there are two trains per hour eastbound to Norwich (one non-stop, the other calling at Attleborough & Wymondham) while westbound there is an hourly service to Cambridge (Abellio Greater Anglia) and an hourly service to Liverpool Lime Street via Peterborough, Nottingham and Manchester Piccadilly (East Midlands Trains). Both westbound services call at Ely, where connections are also available for Stansted Airport and both main London termini.
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|East Midlands Trains|
|Abellio Greater Anglia|
Line and station open
|Great Eastern Railway||
Line open, station closed
|Terminus||Great Eastern Railway||
Line and station closed
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