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Railway guides produced to offer tourism boost to areas in the region

PUBLISHED: 19:54 29 May 2018

The Abellio Greater Anglia 156 at West Runton station during the course of the Norwich - Sheringham Bittern Line service. Picture: Antony Guppy

The Abellio Greater Anglia 156 at West Runton station during the course of the Norwich - Sheringham Bittern Line service. Picture: Antony Guppy

Antony Guppy

Smaller towns and villages near rail lines in Norfolk and Suffolk could receive a tourism boost thanks to two new brochures which aim to encourage visitors.

The new guides have been designed to highlight the hidden gems, attractions and local events that can be discovered along the Bittern and Wherry Lines railways.

The lines run between Norwich, Cromer and Sheringham, and Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Maggie Tan, Community Railway Norfolk’s development officer, said: “There is so much to see and do along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines, whether you’re ready for a great time by the sea, exploring market towns and charming villages, or planning a fun family day out at a zoo, in a museum, or on the Broads.”

The guides are available at staffed stations along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines routes, and will also be available to download later this year from their respective lines’ websites.

The guides have been published by the Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail with support from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP)

Paul Webster, operations manager of ACoRP, said: “We welcome these guides about the Bittern and Wherry Lines as a resource that both visitors to the region and local residents can use to discover places to visit from their local stations and interesting sights to see from the window of their train journey.

“The places along these lines offer so much as visitor destinations, but the scenic qualities of the lines are also destinations in their own right. I hope many visitors will find them useful and discover the delights of the Bittern and Wherry Lines through the information in these two new line guides.”

Paul Haynes, Greater Anglia’s partnerships manager, said: “With these guides and Greater Anglia’s great value fares, families and day trippers could leave their car at home and spend the whole summer discovering the wonders of these scenic rail lines and the fascinating towns, villages and attractions that are within easy reach.”

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