SHERINGHAM ROAD AND RAIL WORK SYNCHRONISED TO MINIMISE
Work to remodel the roundabout at the junction of the A149 and Station and Holway Roads
in Sheringham has been synchronised by Norfolk Country Council with the work to reinstate
the level crossing connecting the Poppy Line to the national rail network.
There will inevitably be some disruption, but the schedule is designed to keep this to the
minimum by carrying out both projects at the same time.
Work on the railway has already started, with Poppy Line volunteers set to lay track
across the footpath on Otterndorf Green and install a footway level crossing.
From 26th January to 9th February, traffic in Station Road/Station Approach will be
regulated by temporary traffic lights whilst telecoms cables and chambers undergo
From 15th February to 6th March, Station Road will be closed to traffic between the
entrances to the main car park and the Bittern Line car park, for the installation of the
new crossing. Diversions will be set up for road traffic, but the main car park will
remain accessible from the A149 direction, and there will be pedestrian access across
Otterndorf Green between Station Road and the car park. Importantly, the main part of
Station Road and the left-turn access from Station Approach will remain open throughout.
There will be pedestrian access to the Bittern Line station, but the car parking spaces
will be unavailable.
The crossing will be opened on Thursday March 11th, at around 2.00pm. Well-known pop
impresario and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman OBE will perform the opening ceremony,
assisted by steam loco "Oliver Cromwell", one of the last steam engines built
for British Railways over 50 years ago. The engine will be hauling a special train from
Liverpool Street, the first to cross Station Road for 46 years.
North Norfolk Railway project director Steven Ashling said: "I hope that Sheringham
residents, traders and visitors will be patient during the construction works - once
installed, the crossing will mean valuable extra business for the town."
There'll be an open public meeting in the buffet at Sheringham Poppy Line Station on
Friday 29th January, from 7.00 - 8.30pm. NNR directors will be on hand to explain the
plans and answer any questions.