|Location|| Beccles, East Suffolk |
|Coordinates||52°27′31″N1°34′11″E / 52.4586°N 1.5697°E Coordinates: 52°27′31″N1°34′11″E / 52.4586°N 1.5697°E|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Classification||DfT category F1|
|Original company||East Suffolk Railway  [ page needed ]|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|4 December 1854||Opened  [ page needed ]|
|15 May 1858||Closed|
|1 June 1859||opened|
|31 January 1968||Closed to freight|
|10 December 2012||Passing loop opened |
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Beccles railway station is on the East Suffolk Line in the east of England,serving the town of Beccles,Suffolk. It is 40 miles 34 chains (65.1 km) down the line from Ipswich and 109 miles 11 chains (175.6 km) measured from London Liverpool Street;it is situated between Brampton and Oulton Broad South stations. Its three-letter station code is BCC.
It is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia,which also operates all trains that call.
The East Suffolk Railway opened in 1854,operating as far as Halesworth,and the line was then extended to Ipswich and Yarmouth South Town in 1859. The Beccles to Lowestoft line opened in the same year. The Waveney Valley Line from Tivetshall on the Great Eastern Main Line reached Beccles in 1863,making the town an important junction on the expanding Great Eastern Railway network.
The Waveney Valley Line closed to passengers in 1954 and the Yarmouth-Beccles Line closed to passengers in 1959. The Waveney Valley Line was then closed to freight traffic in 1963. The engine shed was demolished in 2006.
Work began in early 2010 to develop a passing loop at Beccles to allow services to operate hourly on the single-track line. The lack of a double-track to allow trains to pass north of Saxmundham had previously made this frequency of service impossible.
By March 2010,the single track at Beccles was renewed with continuously welded rail and concrete sleepers. The track was also realigned from the southern approach to the station to allow room for the loop. The old track was lifted and placed alongside the disused platform and disposed of in late 2010. By March 2012,work had started to build the passing loop and,by May of that year,new turnout points were in place and work had begun on redeveloping the disused island platform. The old trackbed had also been removed.
Work was completed by December 2012 and enhanced services began on 10 December 2012.  The £4 million scheme was jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council.
There is a caféin the original station building adjoining the Lowestoft-bound platform.
There is a footbridge with quite steep ramps connecting the platforms,and passenger information screens on both platforms.
As of December 2016 [update] the typical Monday-Saturday off-peak service at Beccles is as follows:
|Operator||Route||Rolling stock||Typical frequency|
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Lowestoft - Oulton Broad South - Beccles - Brampton (on request) - Halesworth - Darsham - Saxmundham - Wickham Market - Melton - Woodbridge - Ipswich||Class 755||1x per hour in each direction|
On Sundays frequency reduces to one train every two hours in each direction. Trains direct to and from London Liverpool Street were withdrawn in 2010.
One weekday early-morning train is extended through to Harwich International and there is a return from there in the evening. 
Beccles is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. The town is shown on the milestone as 109 miles (175 km) from London via the A145 and A12 roads,98 miles (158 km) north-east of London as the crow flies,16 miles (26 km) south-east of Norwich and 33 miles (53 km) north-northeast of the county town of Ipswich. Nearby towns include Lowestoft to the east and Great Yarmouth to the north-east. The town lies on the River Waveney on the edge of The Broads National Park.
The East Suffolk line is an un-electrified 49-mile secondary railway line running between Ipswich and Lowestoft in Suffolk,England. The traffic along the route consists of passenger services operated by Greater Anglia,while nuclear flask trains for the Sizewell nuclear power stations are operated by Direct Rail Services.
The Wherry Lines are railway branch lines in the East of England,linking Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. There are 14 stations including the three termini. They form part of Network Rail Strategic Route 7,SRS 07.11 and are classified as a rural line.
Norwich railway station is the northern terminus of the Great Eastern Main Line in the East of England,serving the city of Norwich,Norfolk. It is 114 miles 77 chains (185.0 km) down the main line from London Liverpool Street,the western terminus.
Lowestoft railway station serves the town of Lowestoft,Suffolk,and is the eastern terminus of the East Suffolk Line from Ipswich and is one of two eastern termini of the Wherry Lines from Norwich. Lowestoft is 23 miles 41 chains (37.8 km) down the line from Norwich and 48 miles 75 chains (78.8 km) measured from Ipswich;and is the easternmost station on the National Rail network in the United Kingdom.
Oulton Broad South railway station is on the East Suffolk Line in the east of England,and is one of two stations serving Oulton Broad,Suffolk. The other is Oulton Broad North on the Wherry Lines. Oulton Broad South is the next station along from Lowestoft on the line to Ipswich,and from Lowestoft the line crosses Mutford Bridge with a view of Lake Lothing to the east and Oulton Broad lake to the west. The station is 115 miles 42 chains (185.9 km) measured from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich.
Westerfield railway station is on a branch line off the Great Eastern Main Line,in the East of England,serving the village of Westerfield,Suffolk. It is 3 miles 41 chains (5.7 km) down the line from Ipswich and 72 miles 25 chains (116.4 km) measured from London Liverpool Street. It is situated at a junction of the Felixstowe Branch Line to Felixstowe and the East Suffolk Line to Lowestoft. Its three-letter station code is WFI.
Trimley railway station is on the Felixstowe Branch Line in the east of England,serving the village of Trimley St. Mary,Suffolk. It is 14 miles 5 chains (22.6 km) down the line from Ipswich and 82 miles 64 chains (133.3 km) measured from London Liverpool Street;it is situated between Derby Road and Felixstowe. Its three-letter station code is TRM.
Haddiscoe railway station is on the Wherry Lines in Norfolk,England,named after the village of Haddiscoe,some 2 miles (3.2 km) distant,although the village of St Olaves on the other side of the River Waveney is closer. It is 16 miles 11 chains (26 km) down the line from Norwich on the route to Lowestoft and is situated between Reedham and Somerleyton. Its three-letter station code is HAD.
Dullingham is a railway station that serves the village of Dullingham in Cambridgeshire,England. It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of the centre of the village. It is also the nearest railway station to the town of Haverhill in Suffolk,which is about 9 miles away. The station,and all trains serving it,are operated by Greater Anglia. Facilities are a ticket machine,a car park,bicycle storage and a small shelter on the platform by the signal box. Originally opened by the Newmarket Railway in 1848 but closed in July 1850 to be reopened in September 1850 when the current route to/from Cambridge was completed the following year and the line east to Chippenham Junction in 1854.
The A146 is an A road that connects Norwich in Norfolk and Lowestoft in Suffolk,two of East Anglia's largest population centres. It is around 27 miles (43 km) in length and has primary classification along its entire route. It is mainly single carriageway throughout its route,with the exception of a section of dual carriageway on the southern edge of Norwich.
The Waveney Valley line was a branch line running from Tivetshall in Norfolk to Beccles in Suffolk connecting the Great Eastern Main Line at Tivetshall with the East Suffolk line at Beccles. It provided services to Norwich,Great Yarmouth,Lowestoft,Ipswich and many other smaller towns in Suffolk with additional services to London. It was named after the River Waveney which follows a similar route.
Bungay railway station was located on the now disused Waveney Valley Line which ran between Tivetshall and Beccles. The station was closed in 1953 and the buildings eventually demolished to make way for the A143 road. It was one of two stations in Suffolk on the line,which curved across the county boundary then back into Norfolk.
Lowestoft North railway station was in Lowestoft,England. It closed in 1970.
Tivetshall was a railway station on the Great Eastern Main Line located in Tivetshall,Norfolk. It was also the western terminus of the Waveney Valley Line from Beccles. It served six small parishes in an agricultural area.
Yarmouth South Town,sometimes known as Yarmouth Southtown,was a railway station in Great Yarmouth,England,that is now closed. It was one of three major stations in the town,the others being Yarmouth Vauxhall and Yarmouth Beach,of which only Yarmouth Vauxhall now remains.
Finningham railway station was a station physically located in the neighbouring parish of Bacton,Suffolk on the Great Eastern Main Line between London and Norwich. It was located 86 miles and 54 chains from Liverpool Street and was opened to passenger in 1849. It was closed in 1966 as part of the Beeching Axe with other smaller stations on the line although the line remains open.
The Yarmouth–Beccles line was a railway line which linked the Suffolk market town of Beccles with the Norfolk coastal resort of Yarmouth. Forming part of the East Suffolk Railway,the line was opened in 1859 and closed 100 years later in 1959.
The Yarmouth–Lowestoft line was an East Anglian railway line which linked the coastal towns of Yarmouth,Gorleston-on-Sea and Lowestoft. It opened on 13 July 1903 as the first direct railway link between the two towns and was constructed by the Great Eastern Railway and the Midland and Great Northern Railway in the hope of encouraging the development of holiday resorts along the coast. In the event,although the line was built to high standards and considerable cost,intermediate traffic did not develop and competition from buses and trams eroded the little that had been generated. Fish traffic was carried in large quantities until the 1930s when it fell into decline. In 1953,when major repairs to the Breydon Viaduct were required,it was decided to discontinue through services from the Midland and Great Northern to Lowestoft and to divert London trains to Lowestoft via Norwich. After the Midland and Great Northern and Yarmouth–Beccles line closed to passengers in 1959,the Yarmouth–Lowestoft line was upgraded to accommodate the diverted traffic,but after services were switched to Yarmouth Vauxhall in 1962,it was singled and the stations made unstaffed halts. With only a local service running between vandalised stations,the decision was taken to close the route on 4 May 1970 in favour of bus services which were judged adequate for most of the year.
The East Suffolk line is a railway in East Anglia with a long history.
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|Abellio Greater Anglia|
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