New signage helps visitors explore North Norfolk

27th October 2020

New signage installed at Sheringham railway station makes it easier for passengers arriving by train to find their way around the popular North Norfolk resort – and beyond.

Funded by the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, the signage directs people to the North Norfolk Railway, beach, shops and theatre and to bus stops, located just across the road from the station, for onward travel to Holt, Wells Next-the-Sea and Hunstanton using the Coast Hopper service.

During 2019, train operator, Greater Anglia constructed a new double length platform at Sheringham able to accommodate more passengers and its brand-new fleet of trains. The Community Rail Partnership has since been working with Greater Anglia and Sheringham Town Council to increase information available for visitors along with enhancing floral displays, cared for through the volunteer station adopter scheme.

Peter Mayne, Chair of Community Rail Norfolk, parent organisation of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership said, “We are pleased to have been able to install new signage at Sheringham station, giving passengers arriving in the town clear guidance in locating nearby amenities.Most importantly the sign also directs visitors to the nearby bus stops wherein onward travel connections can be made including the Coast Hopper service which runs around the coast between Sheringham and Hunstanton.”

Cllr Elizabeth Withington, Deputy Mayor of Sheringham added, “We are pleased to be working with the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership to provide additional information for passengers arriving in the town.“Sheringham Town Centre Group is looking at developing signage across the town and this new sign shows how by bringing organisations together to work collaboratively we can make progress for the benefit of the community.”

In a further bid to support tourism and the local economy, the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership recently published new map-guides featuring information on the communities and attractions to be found along the line which runs from Norwich via the Broads National Park to the North Norfolk Coast. These are available to collect from Norwich station or download from the Bittern Line website.

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said, “The new signage is a really helpful addition to the recently upgraded station and will make arriving by rail into Sheringham even easier for visitors, who are also benefiting from a much more comfortable journey thanks to our brand-new fleet of trains.”

Greater Anglia continues to ensure that rail travel is safe for staff and passengers with an enhanced cleaning regime, on stations and trains, concentrating on high-touch areas such as push buttons, grab rails and door handles. The train operator has also introduced a wide range of measures to make it easier for customers to maintain social distancing at stations and on trains – including floor markings, one-way systems, new signs and queuing systems.

It is now mandatory for customers to wear a face covering when using public transport, to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Children under the age of 11 and people with a disability or illness which means they cannot wear a face covering are exempt from wearing them.