Letter from the editor: Could the train take some of the strain from Norwich’s busy roads?

A train at Acle station on the Wherry Line which runs between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.Picture: Ja

A train at Acle station on the Wherry Line which runs between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

New rail station for the city? So said the front page of this newspaper last Tuesday.

For those who missed it, this is the latest developments in the effort to put a stop close to Broadland Business Park to service the many people who travel to and from there for work.

Broadland District Council believes there is a strong business case for such a proposal and is now looking at ways to move it forward.

I sincerely hope they succeed and if they do this paves a fresh look at the ways in which people get to and from our city.

Anyone who regularly commutes in and out of Norwich will know that it is a journey which is rapidly taking longer and longer.

Whilst the much-loved (sic) roadworks in Norwich haven't helped I think this is more likely to be a result of the fact more of us have access to cars – and there are more of us, full stop.

And it's only going to get worse.

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With councils facing targets to put thousands more homes on the outskirts of Norwich, those clogged up roads are unlikely to ease anytime soon, which is why it is time for a fresh look at how to tackle the problem.

It is hoped the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) will help, as would improvements along the A47. However, could it be the impact of these improvements will be lessened by the continuing growth in cars the road networks will face?

There surely must, therefore, be a case for more stations like this to be introduced in our fringe communities.

There is already talk of something similar in Rackheath, another area facing great growth in forthcoming years, but could places like Bowthorpe, Taverham, Hethersett and Sprowston sustain such a service?

I won't pretend to know the cost, implications or reality of such measures, but on a personal level I think it would be fantastic to be able to travel to and from Norwich on the train.

As the saying goes: 'Let the train take the strain' – and we know that in Norwich the strain is being acutely felt.

Let's hope other councils feel compelled to follow the lead set by Broadland.