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Great Yarmouth rail station area set for £2m makeover

PUBLISHED: 10:34 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:58 16 February 2017

Artist�s impression of the proposed improvements to the area in front of the train station. Photo: Norfolk County Council

Artist�s impression of the proposed improvements to the area in front of the train station. Photo: Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

The area around Great Yarmouth’s rail station area is set for a £2m makeover.

Great Yarmouth train station.
March 2015.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth train station. March 2015. Picture: James Bass

Now the public is being asked for their views on how to improve the gateway to the town for those who travel by train.

The scheme includes the station forecourt and the route to the Market Place via The Conge.

Current proposals include a landscaped ‘garden walk’ between the bridge and North Quay and creating a wide, continuous cycle and pedestrian path from the station to the Market Place via The Conge.

Other elements being proposed include a new cycle and footpath linking Acle New Road with Vauxhall Bridge, changes to crossing points and junctions to make them safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and better lighting and signage.

North Quay view towards bridge. Picture: courtesy of Norfolk County Council North Quay view towards bridge. Picture: courtesy of Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council has been awarded the £2 million by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to design and carry out the proposed improvement works, which are being considered as part of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s draft Masterplan to strengthen the town centre.

In addition, the County Council intends to bid for government funding to design and build a new road bridge over the River Yare in the town, which would be Great Yarmouth’s third river crossing.

Consultation

People are being encouraged to view the detailed proposals and respond to the consultation online via www.norfolk.citizenspace.com before the consultation closes at midnight on Monday, 13 March. In addition, the County Council is holding four drop-in sessions in the town over the next fortnight to give people the opportunity to examine the plans in person and speak to members of the project team. These will be held at:

• The train station on Friday, 17 February from 8am to 6pm.

• Market Gates shopping centre on Wednesday, 22 February and Friday, 3 March from 10am to 3pm.

• Asda on Acle New Rd on Wednesday, 1 March from 10am to 4pm.

• Market Gates shopping centre on Friday, 3 March from 10am to 3pm.

Once the public consultation has closed at midnight on Monday, 13 March, the responses will be considered and more detailed planning work will be done, with construction work due to get underway in late autumn this year.

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