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Norwich one of places with fewest number of railway stations per population in country

PUBLISHED: 15:39 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:39 30 August 2016

Norwich Railway Station. Commuters passengers passing throught the barriers to the trains. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich Railway Station. Commuters passengers passing throught the barriers to the trains. Photo : Steve Adams

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Norwich is one of the places in Britain with the fewest number of railway stations per population, new research has revealed.

The city has just one station serving 138,872 people compared to the City of London which was found to have the highest concentration of stations per population, with one for just 1,460 residents.

Leicester topped the list for the fewest railway stations per population with its only station serving almost 350,000 thousand people, followed by Hull with one station serving 258,995 and Oldham in third with one per 230,823. Norwich was in tenth.

Peter Bayless, of the East Anglia branch of campaign group Railfuture, said he would like to see another rail station in the city to ease the pressure for commuters.

“Norwich railway station has been made better but it is not excellent and there needs to be more services to Ely and Cambridge,” he said. “Norwich would benefit from a station to the south of the city near the Thickthorn roundabout as it would mean people in the south and the west of the county wouldn’t have to go to the other side of the city to get access to a train to London.”

The research follows news last week that a new rail station on the edge of Norwich is a step closer.

It would see a new stop built close to Broadland Business Park, along with a more frequent service between Norwich and North Walsham.

Broadland District Council said a study on the Bittern Line had found a “strong” business case for both schemes and warranted further research.

Should the new station go ahead, it will be the first one to be built in Norfolk for more than 25 years.

The exact location of the proposed new station has yet to be determined but it has support from major companies including Aviva who have a significant presence at the Broadland Business Park.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We have had very early discussions with the council about the possibility of a new station at Broadland Business Park. Any new station would need to be agreed with the train operator and the Department for Transport.”

13 comments

  • Norwich might need another station or two (just think how useful Norwich Victoria, at the top of St. Stephens; Norwich City at the bottom of Grapes Hill; Trowse, serving County Hall would have been had they been kept), but the City and county (you know, the rest of us) certainly need better rail connections. Where is the rail service between Dereham and Norwich that we were promised in 1995 when public money was used to help by that line? Where is the light rail service along the "protected" formation of the M&GN, running through Hellesdon, and Drayton - and now being blocked by the stupid NDR construction? The County Plan says that this line must be protected and even talks about taking it up to Fakenham - yet nothing is actually being done in real life to even protect it. What happened to the Norwich Light Rail system, using Parry People Movers? The only way that anything seems to happen seems to be if it opens up land owned by Councillors and their families for development.

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    Walsham

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

  • Per population? How many populations does Norwich have? Seriously! Headline doesn't even attempt to make sense. The article also misses the point of Norwich's heritage when it comes to railway stations and the 'journalist' clearly hasn't been south of Thickthorn or looked at a map: for reopening Hethersett station, not too far away, would not only ease congestion around there but would save unnessecary car journies into the city itself.

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    Steveo

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Lowest number - not fewest!!!

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    Skittles

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • whilst not doubting the figures where norwich is concerned. i'd like to know how they arrived at the figure for oldham. it's part of a conurbation of nearly three million people. there's a railway station in every direction within about 3 miles. and that's not including the tram stops!.

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    blueboy

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Why the whinging? At least Norwich has a station.

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    Arcate

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • A station near Thickthorn makes no sense as the railway lines don't pass there! More to the point would be an extra station on the old Livestock market which would serve the lines running West and South or one linked to the A140 Park and Ride site. Also in favour of a station at the Business Park, but don't see why that should take five years.

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    John

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • I can't understand the idiocy of having a county like Norfolk with no radial railway system and Norwich as a proper hub. It would make more sense than spending millions on stupid road junctions and cycleways.

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    Desmond_22

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Surely the calculation should be based on number of passengers not population? if we can create an out of town station that removes the need for people to bring cars into the city then go for it. Where? well that's a difficult one as we don't have knowledge of where people are traveling from and to but for local trains it should service large employment areas and for London routes why not put a large car park and station next to the line just outside Norwich.

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    Jonno65

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • A new station? Look how long it has taken us to get (the promise) of new rolling stock! By the time they give the go ahead for a new station, we won't need one - we'll all be using 'transporters' in the style of Star Trek or more likely Norwich will be under 10 feet of water due to climate change. Dream on!

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    57charles

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Using the City of London as a comparison is erroneous. At the weekends it is like a ghost town. During working hours that 1460 should be multiplied by at least 100, and probably more

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • And in a similar vein to Wympsen - the population of Norwich is defined by some very very old and stupid boundaries - realistically more like 1 station per 250,000. What about as well light rail out to Lenwade along Marriotts way to 'City Station'.

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • And the actual population Thorpe station serves is closer to 220, 000. Norwich did used to have more stations; there's a Halfords on the site of one, and Sainsburys on the other. As to a "station to the south of the city near the Thickthorn roundabout", isn't that a passable description of Wymondham?

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    G_of_Norwich

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Stations at either Broadland Business Park or at Thickthorn would make absolutely no difference to the number of railway stations in Norwich - as neither location is within the city boundary.

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    Wymspen

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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