Marks Tey - Bures - Sudbury
Rail Line (2007)


A campaign launched two decades ago to secure a train stop for commuters in a Suffolk village could be thwarted at the eleventh hour after rail bosses refused to disrupt their timetable.
Councillors in Great Cornard have long been trying to get a halt - the equivalent of a bus stop for trains - to give people in the parish better access to the popular Sudbury to Colchester line.
Funding for the project was finally forthcoming thanks to housing development firm Barratt Homes, which agreed to stump up £100,000 in return for planning permission on the old Baker's Mill site.
But One Railway, which operates the trains running between the two towns, has rejected the council's plans on the grounds it would interfere with train drivers' schedules.
Peter Beer, parish council chairman, said the rail company was now the only thing standing in the way of the halt, which has been in the pipeline for the past 20 years.
'Even if only one or two trains stop a day, it would be a great help to the commuters'
"This is something the council has been campaigning for for a long time, although it only became possible recently as a result of the Barratt Home housing development," he said.
"Part of the conditions of the planning application was that the firm gave us some money towards the scheme, but One Railway has now told us it will not be possible to have the halt because it will disrupt its train timetable."
Mr Beer said the halt - which would be built at the rear of the former Baker's Mill site - was a much-needed addition to Great Cornard, and would mean more people could leave their cars at home.
"Even if there were only one or two trains stop there a day, it would be a great help to the commuters and would not mean much of a disruption to the trains," he said.
"A train would only have to stop for a couple of minutes or so, so I think One Railway is being very shortsighted.
"We have been told we have the backing of Suffolk County Council and Babergh District Council, so now we just hope we will be able to come to some sort of arrangement with One Railway so we can get this sorted out."
One Railway was unavailable for comment.

Reprint courtesy of The Mercury newspaper 25/1/07

***Editor Notes:- although the train may only stop for 2 minutes, 4 minutes is lost due to slowing down and acceleration away from the halt.


Sprinter 156422, is typical of the two car units that traverse the line during weekdays.

Current Rolling Stock for 2007

Weekday Services: Class 156 Sprinters
The Class 156 units operate on the branch line during weekdays in order to provide a sufficient number of seats for the peak travel time, each Sprinter is capable of carrying approximately 148 seated passengers.

Class 156 Fleet List:

156402 White (Chapelfields)
156407 Blue
156409 Blue
156412 Central Green
156416 Blue
156417 Blue (Bittern Line)
156418 Central Green
156419 Central Green
156422 Blue

class 153313

Sunday 24th June 2007
Class 153313 in First North Western colours.
First seen at Crown Point on 5th April


Also arrived at Norwich:-
153311 and 153326 in Regional Railway Blue and Grey
(info courtesy of Darren Johnson)



29th August 2007

156417 in "Bittern Line" livery
Reads :- The Bittern Line - 10th Anniversay 2007

Interior livery displays information on the Norwich to Sheringham route, such as maps on the table tops.

31st August 2007

156402 in "Love Shopping- Love Chapelfields" livery

1st September 2007:- Nenta "Harrogate & Knaresborough Explorer"
Departed Sudbury 0525. return 0039

Traction 47843 + 47847
Due to the Bury to Ely line closed because of bridge construction, the tour was routed Colchester - Ipswich - Norwich - Brandon - Ely onward to Peterborough and the East Coast Main Line.

updated 01.09.07