PROPOSALS FOR SHERINGHAM LEVEL CROSSING TO
GO ON DISPLAY
The North Norfolk Railway's plans for the occasional use of a restored
Sheringham level crossing will be shown to the public on Friday 16th May 2008. The display
in the buffet at the Poppy Line Sheringham Station will be open from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and
the company's focus directors for the project, Julian Birley and Steve Ashling, will be on
hand to answer any questions.
The plan is to provide a physical link between the Network Rail Norwich line and the NNR
by means of a 'tramway' style crossing, where the rails will be set into the road and
Ottendorf Green. This will be an 'occasional use' crossing: there will only be about six
crossings a year in each direction. National Express trains from Norwich will still
terminate at their existing station, and NNR trains at theirs.
Other parties have discussed the idea of building a full level crossing and bringing
National Express East Anglia trains into a new platform in the car park behind the NNR
station. But it is felt that the disruption to road traffic caused by closing the crossing
twice an hour can't be justified by the small benefits of bringing the two train services
together at this present time.
Julian Birley said: "Discussions with the North Norfolk District Council, Network
Rail and the Norfolk County Highways Authority have been very favourable, and an
application for planning permission is about to be submitted."
Although there are many hurdles to overcome, the Railway would like to have the crossing
in operation in 2009 - 50 years after the closure of the greater part of the Midland &
Great Northern Railway network which established the East Midland holidaymakers' links
with Sheringham and Poppyland.
If you'd like to make any comments about the project, you can get in touch with Julian
Birley on firstname.lastname@example.org