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Nearly 300 people have signed an online petition that calls on the train firms Greater Anglia and National Rail to put on later services in the evening on the Bittern Line.
The North Norfolk Labour Party petition claims train users on the Sheringham to Norwich line are having to cut their evening short and clock watch if they want to spend an evening in the city, and that there would be a greater economic benefit to the local nightlife if trains ran later.
They are collecting support from across the district - including those who do not live near the line but drive to the nearest train station on an evening to catch the train.
Some complaints of passengers are that they are currently spending large amounts of money to get back from Norwich by taxi if they want to stay out late at night, and that some people have been missing the last train due to the late running of events in the city.
The local Labour party is now writing to parish councils to encourage them to lodge their support with Greater Anglia for a late night train.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said: “We are calling on Greater Anglia to ensure that no one is left behind at night by providing later trains in the evening.
“Having to be at Norwich station by 10.45pm during the week before they stop running does not offer enough flexibility, and it means that train users are having to keep an eye on the clock during their night or make alternative arrangements to stay out.”
To sign the petition visit www.norfolklabour.co.uk/train-petition