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Only nine people used Lakenheath railway station a week last year

By Newsdesk Bury

It is ‘not surprising’ Lakenheath’s railway station is one of the region’s least used, as it ‘provides little benefit’.

That is the view of parish Councillor Hermione Brown, who responded to latest statistics showing just 468 entries or exits were made at the amenity in 2018.

The low number may be unsurprising, considering no trains stop during the week and those that do at the weekend are by request only.

Lakenheath Railway Station. Picture: Mark Westley
Lakenheath Railway Station. Picture: Mark Westley

On Saturdays there is one train to Cambridge and one train to Norwich, and on Sundays there are three trains to Cambridge and four to Norwich.

"With a dramatically growing community this is a very sad state of affairs.” - Cllr Hermione Brown

Councillor Brown said: “As far as the Lakenheath station is concerned, I am not surprised it is one of the least used in the country.

“It is used in the main for visitors to the RSPB reserve.

“The station provides very little benefit to the community as there is no regular service and lies some two and a half miles outside of the village boundary.

“There is no public transport or a car park. Therefore, it is neccessary to have a lift or take a taxi. With a dramatically growing community this is a very sad state of affairs.”

Greater Anglia found only Buckeham (with 202 entries and exits) and Shippea Hill (276) were used fewer times on their network last year.

Cambridge, meanwhile, was top of the list with more than 11million entries and exits, while Bury St Edmunds had 652,000.

Cllr Brown continued: “The parish suggested many years ago that Lakenheath station should have been incorporated within the Mildenhall Hub development.

“This would have included arrangements for a regular bus service to make use of the rail network. The suggestion was dismissed as being unworkable.”

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