Woodbridge railway station

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Woodbridge National Rail
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Place Woodbridge
Local authority Suffolk Coastal
Coordinates 52°05′24″N 1°19′05″E / 52.090°N 1.318°E / 52.090; 1.318Coordinates: 52°05′24″N 1°19′05″E / 52.090°N 1.318°E / 52.090; 1.318
Grid reference TM273487
Station code WDB
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.169 million
2012/13 Increase 0.186 million
2013/14 Increase 0.202 million
2014/15 Increase 0.204 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.203 million
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 RailUK 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.
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Woodbridge is a railway station serving the town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, England. The station is located on the East Suffolk Line (Ipswich-Lowestoft).


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.[1] The line opened on 1 June 1859,[1] and Woodbridge station opened with the line.[2] The ESR was absorbed by the ECR on opening day.[1]

On 1 July 1862, the ECR and other small railway companies amalgamated to become the Great Eastern Railway (GER).[3] At the 1923 Grouping, the GER was amalgamated with other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway;[4] 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.[5]

The station goods yard closed on 18 April 1966.[6]

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.[7]

On 13 December 2010 a train hit a car on a level crossing close to Woodbridge station.[8]


The station is served by Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate services between Ipswich and Lowestoft or Saxmundham. All services are operated by diesel multiple units of Classes 156 or 170.

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.[9]

The following services currently call at Woodbridge:

Operator Route Material Frequency Notes
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


  1. ^ a b c Allen 1956, p. 216.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 253.
  3. ^ Allen 1956, p. 46.
  4. ^ Allen 1956, p. 199.
  5. ^ Cooper 1982, p. 33.
  6. ^ McCarthy, McCarthy & Cobb 2007, p. 112.
  7. ^ BBC 2003.
  8. ^ Adwent 2011.
  9. ^ Table 13 National Rail timetable, May 2016


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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Line and station open
Great Eastern Railway
Line open, station closed