Railway stations in Newmarket
"New Station" building, now offices
|Local authority||Forest Heath|
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|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Newmarket and Chesterford Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Newmarket from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Newmarket railway station serves the town of Newmarket. All trains serving it are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. Following the sale of the station building for offices by Network Rail, plans are underway to build a new station building following complaints from local residents.
The first railway station in Newmarket opened in 1848 as the terminus of the by the Newmarket and Chesterford Railway. A second station opened along with the final section of the Ipswich to Ely Line in 1879. Newmarket Warren Hill station, built by the Great Eastern Railway, opened 6 years later, which was followed by the only remaining station which was completed in 1902.
Newmarket (1848 station)
The original Newmarket Station (Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.) was built by the Newmarket and Chesterford Railway on 4 April 1848 as a single platform terminus for the 15-mile (24 km) line from Great Chesterford. The line was extended by the Eastern Counties Railwayeastwards to Bury St Edmunds on 1 April 1854, but trains had to reverse in or out of the station.
An alternative station was opened in 1879 for general traffic. the original station was used for race day traffic until at least 1954 and for goods in 1967. On 21 February 1967 the last shunting horse to work on British Rail, "Charlie" at Newmarket retired.The buildings were demolished in 1980.
Newmarket (1879 station)
When the line to Ely opened on 1 September 1879 a new island platform was opened and the two platforms were joined by a footbridge. The original terminus station remained in use for freight, while the through station (Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.) was open until it was replaced in 1902 by a new station to the south. It was just south of Warren Hill tunnel. The former terminus became known as Newmarket (High Level).
Newmarket Warren Hill
Newmarket Warren Hill station (Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.) was built by the Great Eastern Railway. It opened on 4 April 1885 just to the north of Warren Hill Tunnel and catered for racecourse-goers arriving from points north, particularly Lincoln, Leeds and Manchester, with the encouragement of the Jockey Club. Warren Hill was closed by the London and North Eastern Railway some time in or after 1945 but before 1 January 1948, when British Railways was formed.
Newmarket (1902 station)
The surviving station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway on 7 April 1902. It is 800 yards (730 m) south of the site of the original Newmarket station. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.
The station buildings at the "New Station" (Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.) were sold, and the current station is just a short platform with simple shelters.
Newmarket Station redevelopment
In 2015, the Newmarket Vision group, partially composed of local councillors, identified the building of a new Newmarket railway station as a key priority for improving transport and access in the town.
The following services in the December 2015 timetable call at Newmarket:
|Abellio Greater Anglia||Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich||Class 170||1x per hour|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Abellio Greater Anglia|
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