Marks Tey - Bures - Sudbury
Rail Line (2017)

I apologise for the lack of content on these rail pages from 2017

Unfortunately, Persimmon decided to build an estate at the rear of my property which completely obliterated my view of the Branch Line.
Before they arrived, I had a clear view of the line and the Mount Bures crossing from my rear garden and windows.

I could also hear what was using the line, especially at night with the track machines and ballast trains
Thanks to Persimmon, I can no longer keep a watchfull eye on the Branch Line.

Sand Rover

Network Rail and Greater Anglia jointly invested in a specially adapted Land Rover, known as a Sand Rover
Over the Autumn period this treated and cleaned the track on the branch line, where specialist trains cannot reach

Courtesty of Suffolk Free Press 9th Feb 2017

February 10th 2017

Plans for a new multi-million pound rail depot near Manningtree station have been unveiled by Greater Anglia.

The new depot will be built on part of the former ICI plant at Brantham just north of Manningtree station on the Suffolk side of the River Stour.

The new depot will be used to maintain and repair the fleet of new trains that will be introduced by Greater Anglia as part of its new franchise from 2019 onwards.

The creation of a new depot in the Manningtree area was a key element of the franchise agreement awarded to Greater Anglia in August last year – when they revealed that the Brantham site was at the top of the list for the investment.

Project cancelled at this site
See 2019 page

Ticket Machine installed May 2017

Please note the following:

Commencing 10th December 2017 all trains from the 10.13am, Bures to Sudbury, Monday to Friday and from the 10.33am Bures to Marks Tey, Monday to Friday plus all trains Saturday and Sunday will be a Request Stop service only at Bures Station.

Consequently this means all passengers waiting for these trains must indicate to the driver for the train to stop and passengers alighting from the train must advise the guard that they wish to get off.