Guidance

Gainsborough community rail line

Community rail line service between Marks Tey and Sudbury.

Documents

Gainsborough Line: prospectus

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Gainsborough Line: map

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Details

The Gainsborough Line is the marketing name of the Sudbury branch line. It is a single track railway which runs from Sudbury to Marks Tey where trains connect with services to London, Colchester and other destinations.

Gainsborough line

Route data

Region East
Locale Essex, Suffolk
Stations 4
Length 12 miles
Journey time About 19 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line designation
Pilot project No
Designation date November 2006
Partnership Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia

The Gainsborough Line serves the following 4 stations:

  • Sudbury
  • Chappel and Wakes Colne
  • Bures
  • Marks Tey

Community rail designation

The Gainsborough Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in November 2006. The designation covers the line, stations and the passenger services between Marks Tey and Sudbury.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Gainsborough Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s East Anglia (D) strategic route plan.

The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership

The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP) was founded in 1997 to encourage and promote off-peak travel for residents and business users of the communities along 4 branch lines.

There are 5 railway lines covered in this partnership although only the Gainsborough Line currently has designation status:

  • The Gainsborough Line — Marks Tey to Sudbury
  • The Mayflower Line — Manningtree to Harwich Town
  • The Crouch Valley Line — Wickford to Southminster
  • The Sunshine Coast Line — Colchester to Clacton and Walton-on-the-Naze
  • The Flitch Line — Braintree, Freeport Braintree, Cressing, White Notley, Witham
Published 8 September 2006