|Location|| Needham Market, Mid Suffolk |
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|1846||Opened as Needham|
|2 January 1967||Closed|
|6 December 1971||Reopened as Needham Market|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Needham Market railway station is on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) in the East of England,serving the town of Needham Market,Suffolk. It is 77 miles 7 chains (124.1 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Ipswich to the south and Stowmarket to the north. Its three-letter station code is NMT.
The station is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia,which also runs all trains serving the station. It sees regular services between Ipswich and Stowmarket,whereafter trains branch off to Cambridge via the Ipswich to Ely Line. No main line London trains call.
The station appears in Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Sir Simon Jenkins. 
The station was originally opened with the name Needham by the Ipswich &Bury Railway in 1846. The main building,described as "one of the best in East Anglia" by Biddle,was designed in a grand Jacobean style with decorative brickwork by Frederick Barnes and was completed by the contractor,Daniel Revitt,in 1849. It was later slightly simplified,and the platforms rebuilt,by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
It was closed to passengers by the Eastern Region of British Railways in 1967 but reopened as Needham Market in 1971. The main building,now in alternative use,is a Grade II listed building.  It was restored in 2000 by Spacia Ltd,and won an award in the 2002 National Railway Heritage Awards. In April 2015 work commenced to improve the station,including the installation of an anti-slip composite fibreglass platform  (Dura Platform) which features a patented design with in-built water management and snow-melting capabilities. However,this did not include making the London-bound platform wheelchair accessible.   
The following services typically call at Needham Market:
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St. Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich||Class 755||1x per hour|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Great Eastern Railway|
The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell in the county of Suffolk in East Anglia,England,which is named from the village of Gipping,and which gave its name to the former Gipping Rural District. The name is unrelated to the name of Ipswich. although the County Town takes its name from Gippeswic. It rises near Mendlesham Green and flows in a south-westerly direction to reach Stowmarket. From there it flows towards the south or south east,passing through Needham Market and a number of villages to reach Ipswich,where it becomes the Orwell. The river has supplied power to a number of watermills,several of which are still standing. None is operational,although the mill at Baylham retains most of its machinery,and is the only complete mill on the river.
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Coordinates: 52°09′09″N1°03′19″E / 52.1526°N 1.0554°E