Needham Market railway station

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Needham Market railway station
Needham Market railway station serves the town of Needham Market in Suffolk, England. The station is located on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street to Norwich. The station is served by National Express East Anglia. Services operate from Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds and then to Cambridge. Some of the services from Cambridge are extended beyond Ipswich to Harwich International. One service is extended to Colchester, from Peterborough and Ely. Although the line through the station is electrified, all of these stopping services use diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 170. The InterCity trains to London and Norwich that pass through the station do not stop here.

History
The station was opened as Needham by the Ipswich and Bury Railway in 1846. The main building ("one of the best in East Anglia" - Biddle) was designed in a grand Jacobean style with decorative brickwork by Frederick Barnes and was completed by the contractor, Daniel Revitt, in 1849. It was very slightly simplified, and the platforms rebuilt, by the London and North Eastern Railway. The station was closed to passengers by the Eastern Region of British Railways in 1967 but reopened as Needham Market in 1971. The main building, not now in railway use, is Grade II listed and was restored in 2000 by Spacia Ltd, being given an award in the 2002 National Railway Heritage Awards.

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