GREEN LIGHT FOR SHERINGHAM LEVEL CROSSING
The Board of the North Norfolk Railway has resolved to go ahead with the reinstatement
of Sheringham level crossing as a tramway-style crossing for occasional use, subject to
closing the small funding gap that still remains. Another £22,000 is needed to reach the
final appeal target of £140,000. The Board has accordingly agreed to proceed immediately
with the letting of all necessary contracts in order to complete the work in time for an
opening ceremony on March 11th 2010: it is hoped that the National Railway Museum's steam
locomotive "Oliver Cromwell" will head the first train over the road.
Project director Steven Ashling said: "This is tremendous news for the railway, for
the town's businesses, and for all the many people who have given so generously to turn
this link from a dream into reality."
The contract for EDF to move electricity cables has already been let, and work is expected
to be carried out in October. The plan is for all the other work to begin towards the end
of January, with the road closed for a few days in February to allow the actual crossing
to be laid. Mr Ashling made the point that a concrete path will give unobstructed
pedestrian access to and from the car park, the coast road and Station Road.
Sheringham businesses are being urged to help close the small funding gap, because the
charter trains possible with the crossing will bring extra trade at the crucial
shoulder-peak times before and after the main holiday season.
Donations should be sent to The Crossing Appeal, North Norfolk Railway plc, Sheringham
Station NR26 8RA, with cheques made payable to North Norfolk Railway.