Marks Tey - Bures - Sudbury
Rail Line (2011)
Bures station looking south towards the Mount Bures crossing
153354 and 153364 seen at Marks Tey at 07:47 waiting to work
Feb 12, 2011
156418 arrival at Colchester Station on 19th May 2011.
The 0902 from Bures is the only service during the day which travels direct (Sudbury) to Colchester North arriving at 0927.
Photo by authors mobile phone
London Midland 153354 and 153364 due to leave NXEA on May 18th
156417 which was involved in the Gt Cornard crash on 17th August 2010 has been not yet been repaired due to an insurance claim dispute.
1Q13 visited the branch line
on 27th May
This was topped and tailed
by 37603 and 37607
( Photos courtesy of Flickr
24 March 2011 from the BBC.
A new company is set to run
rail services in East Anglia.
The three companies on the list are the Go-Ahead Group, Stagecoach and Nederlande Spoorwagen.
The Greater Anglia franchise will start on 5 February 2012 and run for 17 months with an option to extend by up to one year.
- Lt Cornard Crash 2010 - 156417 one half of the Sprinter
involved in the crash located at the MNR, Dereham on September
on Damaged Lt Cornard Sprinter:- 2nd Sept 2011
NEWS 12th Oct 2011
A train badly damaged in a collision with a sewage tanker on a branch line in Suffolk more than a year ago has still not been fully repaired. National Express East Anglia said the two-carriage train suffered serious damage to the chassis in the crash on the Sudbury line in September 2010.
The operator subsequently ran
out of local trains and drafted in two 50-year-old locomotives
(Class 47) to haul carriages.
Peter Meades, from National
Express East Anglia, said the repairs to the damaged train
have so far taken more than six months.~
"One of the vehicles is
complete and finished, but the other is still being worked
Although nominated for 'Best small station', Bures failed to win the award at the National Express Station Adopter Awards ceremony held in Norwich on 14th October. Nevertheless, the station adopters at Bures (David and Anne Taylor) continue to do what they can at the station, and at the end of October the summer plants were replaced with winter/spring plants. This effort includes 4 wooden troughs which continue to be filled and supplied twice a year by Bourne Brook Nursery, Greenstead Green. £100 has been provided by the Community Rail Partnership for additional plants, which has just about been sufficient to sustain the (mainly) twice yearly planting. Watering the plants is a significant chore between April and October and about 15 gallons a day is carted over to the station for the purpose; sometimes more. In addition a significant amount of green waste is generated which some members of the parish council have been very helpful in removing. Discussions are taking place with the residents of No 21 Station Hill with a view to establishing a water supply from that property to assist with future watering.
Some refurbishment work has been done at the station this summer by National Express East Anglia (NXEA) contractors, which has made some aspects of it more attractive. However, the small waiting room has not been touched. The adopters have, however, persuaded NXEA to agree to paying for any materials on the proviso that work is provided free, particularly from within the village. The adopters consider that replacing two of the 'lost' windows in the waiting room would enhance it and make it look more attractive from the outside. Probably as a result of the station now being seen to be looked after, there have not been any significant problems of vandalism for a few years at least. Two windows were boarded up some years ago due to repeated vandalism, but it is considered that these could now be re-instated (the one remaining window has not had any attack taking place on it for many years now). In view of the NXEA position on materials and labour, the adopters ask, through the PC, whether any labour could be freely provided within the village to re-instate the windows, and possibly re-paint the waiting room.
The adopters have become concerned with the state of some of the trees at the station, which are leaning and look as if they could fall over (as one did do in the past). In addition, the trees have encroached on the lights and electric supply. NXEA have also looked at the trees and are endeavouring to make good the problems. The adopters have advised NXEA that some of these trees are within the conservation area (some of the station is within the area and some outside it).
The adopters have been trying to persuade NXEA to improve the car park for some time, particularly with a view to increasing the number of spaces, but NXEA have refused to pay for any work on the car park, as it is not revenue generating. However, the adopters have also been trying to persuade the Community Rail Partnership to fund the enhancement, and that is agreed in principle: any work would commence next summer, but in essence it would formally bring the car parking area forward to the pavement, thereby creating more spaces in the car park itself. In addition the CRP and NXEA are working on adopters' proposals to relax the parking restriction immediately outside the station so that two or three disabled car-parking bays be provided, as such parking is presently not catered for.
The adopters, with others, have been pushing NXEA to plug a gap in the morning service of an hour and a half between services. We are pleased to say that this has been agreed and a better timetable will be provided from December. The potential downside of this was that Bures would end up with a worse service to Sudbury (as trains would not have sufficient time to stop at Bures on route to Sudbury), but we are pleased to report that NXEA have agreed an alternative proposal of ours to re-time one of the affected services so that Bures will only have one non-stop train (as is the position currently).
The new station at Marks Tey is now well under way to completion. However, adopters at Marks Tey and Sudbury have recently been lost which means that only Bures and Chappel on the branch line are formally cared for. If anyone wishes to be an adopter at Marks Tey or Sudbury could they please let us know. The NXEA franchise will be replaced by one granted to Abellio, a subsidiary of the Dutch rail operator, for an interim two year period from February next year. The two year period could extend to 15 years beyond that. How this will impact on the adopters throughout East Anglia, and at Bures, is presently unknown.
David and Anne Taylor
RHTT ( Track Cleaning Train
Thu Nov 17, 2011
Class 57, 57004 leading the RHTT away from the Sudbury area at 11:42 heading back to Marks Tey with 57003 on the rear.
Editor:- A bus service covered this one hour extravaganza !
New Rail Franchise comes into operation on the 5th February 2012
ABELLIO takes over from National Express to run the East Anglia lines for a 29 month period