Woodbridge railway station
|Local authority||Suffolk Coastal|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||East Suffolk Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|1 June 1859||Station opened|
|18 April 1966||Closed to freight|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Woodbridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The railway line connecting the East Suffolk Railway (ESR) at Halesworth with the Eastern Union Railway (EUR)(although since 1854 this had been leased by the Eastern Counties Railway) at Ipswich was built in two parts: the portion of this line south of Woodbridge was built by the EUR; Woodbridge station and the portion of line north of there was built by the ESR. The line opened on 1 June 1859, and Woodbridge station opened with the line. The ESR was absorbed by the ECR on opening day.
On 1 July 1862, the ECR and other small railway companies amalgamated to become the Great Eastern Railway (GER). At the 1923 Grouping, the GER was amalgamated with other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway; this in turn was a constituent of British Railways at the start of 1948.
On 1 January 1927 there was a train crash at Woodbridge station. A wagon coupling had broken at Bealings station and when the engine stopped at Woodbridge, the rear portion running downhill smashed into the back of the stationary train. Only one minor injury was recorded.
The station goods yard closed on 18 April 1966.
With the privatisation of British Rail, ownership of the line and station passed to Railtrack on 1 April 1994. The franchise to operate the passenger services on this route was won by Anglia Railways in 1997; in 2004 National Express won the franchise and operated services using the branding 'one', which was renamed National Express East Anglia in 2008. In February 2012, the franchise passed to the current operator Abellio Greater Anglia.
On 28 January 2003 a train collided with a car on the ungated level crossing leading to the marina.
The main service operates between Ipswich and Lowestoft every hour (two-hourly on Sundays). There is 1 train per day (Mon-Fri) which extends to Harwich International to connect with the Stena Line ferry to Hoek van Holland.
The following services currently call at Woodbridge:
|Abellio Greater Anglia||(Harwich International -) Ipswich - Westerfield - Woodbridge - Melton - Wickham Market - Saxmundham - Darsham - Halesworth - Brampton - Beccles - Oulton Broad South - Lowestoft||Class 170 or Class 156||Hourly||Service to Harwich 1x per day|
- Adwent, Colin (11 April 2011). "Woodbridge: Driver to face court after rail crash probe". Ipswich Star. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- Allen, Cecil J. (1956) . The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan.
- "Car and train collide at crossing". BBC News. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Cooper, John M (1982). East Suffolk Railway. Oakwood Press. ISBN 085361 285 4.
- McCarthy, Colin; McCarthy, David; Cobb, Michael (August 2007). Waller, Peter, ed. Norfolk and Suffolk. Railways of Britain. Hersham: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3223-1. 0708/c1.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Abellio Greater Anglia|
Line and station open
|Great Eastern Railway||
Line open, station closed