Calls for later train services on Bittern Line

Saturday, March 22, 2014
4:40 PM

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.

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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

6 comments

  • Great idea, however I don't see a late night service being self supporting over 365 days a year, so who will be subsidizing the late night service?

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    Hugh

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Great idea, however I don't see a late night service being self supporting over 365 days a year, so who will be subsidizing the late night service?

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    Hugh

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Great idea, however I don't see a late night service being self supporting over 365 days a year, so who will be subsidizing the late night service?

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    Hugh

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I prefer my trains to be on time.

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Logically such a service would probably be provided on Fridays and Saturdays only so it wouldn'[t need 365 days a year provision. And of course the taxpayers already provide massive subsidies to the privatised railways to allow the companies to make big profits so there should be plaenty of cash already swilling about to cover this. I remember many years ago when an evening trip to the cinema in Cromer involved having to decide whether the film was good enough to watch through to the end (and have to walk home) or leave early to catch the last train or bus. Theatre, concerts or cinema in Norwich was (and still is) right out of the question. It really is time that this situation was sorted out.

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    Railwatcher

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Great idea, however I don't see a late night service being self supporting over 365 days a year, so who will be subsidizing the late night service?

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    Hugh

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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