At sheringham paper, norfolk uk

@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 88 - 6th June 2008

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 jbirley@threejs.co.uk

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