Villagers who feel their rural lives are being “wrecked” by the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) will be able to voice their concerns at a public meeting.

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Problems raised by Thuxton homeowners include excessive parking near the church, on the narrow road near the railway crossing, and towards Railway Farm, by MNR volunteers and enthusiasts.

Other issues are workers on the track, the removal of trees between back gardens and the track and the time spent building a new signal box, mess room and toilets on the platform.

The meeting, organised by the village, will be held at Thuxton Church on Tuesday, October 9, from 7pm and will be attended by MNR representatives.

Speaking for the village, Sara Crosse, 50, said: “The main problem is the MNR don’t discuss things with us. That makes it difficult. We as villagers feel the life we chose here has been wrecked.”

She added the problems have built up over the last three years.

Mrs Crosse, who runs Crosse and Co Payroll, said trees at the back of her garden which backs on to the track were removed three years ago when the MNR added a passing loop, doubling the track. She said she has lost some privacy. The parking has prevented people from accessing their driveways and has made the narrow road near the railway crossing dangerous, according to Mrs Crosse.

She added many villagers are concerned about their security as MNR volunteers and Community Payback offenders work on the line and can see into homes and gardens.

But Mrs Crosse said she does not have a problem with the MNR passenger trains, which make a “lovely noise”.

Leslie Dale, from the MNR, said the trees were removed to accommodate the loop and volunteers who work on the line sometimes park close to the crossing because of heavy tools.

He added: “We can only apologise to the people of Thuxton that the building job is taking a long time.”

Mr Dale said new toilets are “desperately needed” on the platform.

21 comments

  • LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE comment, How does he know what a couple of bouncers outside Chicago's look like?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE comment, How does he know what a couple of bouncers outside Chicago's look like?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • I am a railway enthusiast and I don't live in Thuxton, but I do have some sympathy with the residents complaints. I'm sure other people would complain if their drives were blocked by cars, and MNR should address the privacy problems. Although the rails were there, it is only in recent years that there has been much traffic on them, and residents are entitled to enjoy their lives. Rail enthusiasts do sometimes look at life through very restricted lenses!

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    julygirl

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • i am wondering how the toilets and platform affect this lady?? is her garden on the edge of these or is she just moaning for the sake of it.i would like to see this line linked with the NNR and then connected to a mainline station i suppose she would be top of the "against" nimby,s

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Oh dear, volunteers and payback people WORKING.I thought that was a sight to warm the Tory heart . From the photo the infrastructure looks quite professional.If there are no signs prohibiting parking and no one is denied access to their property this must be only a temporary and resolvable situation.

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    Lee Slinn

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Well it looks like if people aren't complaining about the Greater Anglia trains they are complaining about MNR trains.... oh well

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    expat

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Oh come on EDP, why on earth have you given these people the airtime. Correct me if I'm wrong but the railway through Thuxton was built over 100 years before Mrs Crosse and co were even born. As for the "life you chose" surely these people realised that living next to a railway line comes with the usual strings attached like track workers and tree clearance etc. if the villagers hate it that much why don't they just move? Tourist attractions like the MNR bring in much needed cash for this region and the last thing we need are a bunch of NIMBY's whining about it.

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    Norfolk Rambler

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • I have never heard of anything more ridiculous. The railway has been there longer then what most residents have and so what about workers and volunteers on the line. This is just plain blooming selfish on the residents part who have got nothing better to do. Get a life!

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    Davman66

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • It is surprising that the MNR has not had complaints before about their activities on the days when their heritage trains are running. The traffic delays at the two main level crossings in Dereham and excessive smoke and fumes from their old diesel locomotives and railcars there, should be addressed by those in authority. This railway is a part time tourist attraction run by railway enthusiasts for those who like old, mainly diesel, trains and locomotives.

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    Port Watcher

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • How long have these two lived there ? and a nice bit of advertising for this womans company EDP, yet what the hell her company has got to do with anything, god only knows.

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    "V"

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Re: Larson E. Whipsnade's comment about the photograph, did the EDP ask permission to take the photograph on MNR's land?

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    Paul-Michael Ebbens

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • @mrblobby ... presumably they sell curtains down that way? After all many people live on main roads and bus routes experience the same thing, they seem to get by.

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    expat

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • More Nimbys. We seem to have them all over Norfolk sadly. Perhaps we need a counter nimby, to put them firmly back in the boxes. You move to a community you accept it for what it is. Or ou dont move there. Simple.

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    Mr Majika

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • OK Industrial site at the bottom of your garden closed since 1969 ( so you probably bought your house assuming it would stay closed) is suddenly resurrected by a group which hopes to make it a tourist attraction and is backed by a lot of enthusiasts. I can't see how anyone would be happy about that-but the people of Thuxton don't appear to be Nimby's and have clearly said they don't mind the railway and the trains ( or so the article says) just the cavalier way in which those concerned with MNR are behaving in the village. Being a pet project for train enthusiasts ( with a remote possibility of a viable public service and a bit of tourism income) does not excuse them from normal courtesy when parking on narrow roads nor from tree felling restrictions one would expect.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • This line is not one which is used as a public transport facility. Basically it is a'big boys toy', and used as a tourist line for those wanting a joyride. Good in itself, but should not impinge on peoples privacy and right to enjoy their homes in peace.

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    julygirl

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Clearly you do not know how infuriating this is for the villagers, they are blocking the view on narrow roads and making it difficult for some people to get out of their own driveways, it is very inconsiderate for them to have not asked the village community. It is not their new building work that they are complaining about, it is the fact that all train users can now see right into Mrs Crosse's garden. I am sure you would not want everybody to see what you were doing, without even knowing they were going to do this. So before you tell people to 'get a life', think about how you would like it if your privacy was taken.

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    mrblobby

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Yes i have to agree with these comments. They should really find something less trivial to concern their grey matter with...& if thats the worst thing going on they should be grateful when you look at what else is going on in the news. And MNR have done a lovely job restoring the lines, my parents live 6 doors away from one of the stations & enjoy the nostalgia & tourism

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    hannahmarana

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • It sounds like the MNR should remember that they need to take all people with them and not just their members. They should be far more sensitive to the disruption they may be causing in their work. Have they asked the people what they think about it all. Its a pity the MMR did not call a public meeting before it all started.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Re: Larson E. Whipsnade's comment about the photograph, did the EDP ask permission to take the photograph on MNR's land?

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    Paul-Michael Ebbens

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Open more railways and please do not listen to a few. This is a public transport concern and such attitudes would not have even been heard when this line was established a long time ago, they all knew that they are living next to a railway that might be sprung back into action one day. A petty story.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Nothing like trains to bring the supporters out of the woodwork.The way I read the article is that the villagers affected are inconvenienced by the selfish parking and comings and goings of the volunteers and community service workers who are working on the railway facilities.Those criticising them might note they have no problem with the trains or the line being reopened, just the cavalier approach of MMR. I expect they have been as concerned as many of us would be if an industrial site at the bottom of our gardens -which we had thought was long and permanently out of use- was suddenly resurrected. If I remember correctly when the last passenger trains ran on this line the ladies pictured must have bought their homes long after they ceased. Everyone should be entitled to a bit of courtesy and proper procedures being followed, even from those involved with railway projects, which like renewable energy are seen as such a "good thing" that they perhaps get an advantage of goodwill from the general public.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 8, 2012

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