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Great Yarmouth rail station area set for £2m makeover

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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12 comments

  • It's a Railway Station not a Train Station - less of these Americanisms.

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    beverley

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • does that mean they will get rid of that second hand car dealership eye sore on the corner...?

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    Alan Sowle

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • It could only happen in Norfolk. Two million pounds to be wasted on just tarting up a road between the railway station and the market place which will be benefit to very few people. The railway station is a blight on Yarmouth. It is dirty and unwelcoming and is in dire need of a total refurbishment. So why not spend the money doing just that. It is a bit of a laugh to think there is a," master plan to strengthen the market place," when the planners keep on granting permission for out of town retail units, hotels,coffee houses, pubs etc. As I said, It could only happen in Norfolk.

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    Hereandthere

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • The Yarmouth horse has long bolted. Whatever "they" choose to do, it is far too late. I used to love going there as a kid but now it's purgatory.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Perhaps they could also redesign the exit onto the A47 - you know alter the lights so that traffic wanting to go back into Yarmouth can turn right rather than help traffic congestion by going up to the roundabout to come back to Yarmouth. As for the pedestrian approach - it's very exposed so really need some sort of covered way, can't see many people using the seating outside the station

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    manbythesea

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • The only thing worth doing that'd make rail travel work for Yarmouth is put a team system in between the railway station and the pleasurebeach with stops all the way along the front. Put the £2m towards that

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    Richard Waugh

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • This is not what is needed. What is needed is more safe parking spaces for rail users, plenty of lighting, a station concourse open when the trains are operating, warm and safe waiting places a safe underpass or crossing to the Fuller's Hill car park and a bus service. Trees taking up space is just idiocy and typical of what we have come to expect from councils out of touch with how life works in our town.

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    FlintinChalk

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • As always, will believe it when I see it, like most things that are supposed to happen in Yarmouth, they don't, or it's years from now before they get started, like 10 years for the Hotel & Casino, which still isn't happening, regardless of the new proposal for it that's been put it, that's just delaying tactics if you ask me.

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    Spooky

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • They don't want working people to see the plans in person tbough...

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    YarcoBoy

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • About time too.One of the most miserble looking station,,Its dark and horrid...Lets hope it happens before the holiday makers come..They must get of the train and think what a terrible train station...The only time it looked ok was when Price Charles came,,they put a few flowers out then,,,then took them away when he went,Watch this space and see if it happens.

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    jordan

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Keiran I totally agree. Yarmouth jobs for Yarmouth workers. Not like the new supermarket at North Quay Lowestoft and the multi million pound drainage scheme at Thorpe St Andrew where the only languages you hear are eastern European.

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    Hereandthere

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • How is it any "improvements" done to anything in Yarmouth doesn't reflect the needs of the populous? For example, the big TV screen in the market (which has since been pulled down because no one could decide who paid the TV licence) Agreeably the station does need an update, but the council would rather employ national contractors on premium rate than locally appropriately qualified people who would work hard for fair money.

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    Keiran Clements

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

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