Site of abandoned Norwich train station to be sold

A photo of how the engine shed looked in 1944.

A photo of how the engine shed looked in 1944.


An abandoned city train station which was contaminated with asbestos is looking for a new owner.

Norfolk County Council is planning to sell the site of the former city station at the start of Marriott’s Way.

The 10-acre plot includes land from the roundabout to just before the path’s first bridge over the river Wensum.

Workmen moved onto the site of the station’s former engine shed last month to tackle asbestos and contamination.

And the overgrown area has now been cleared to reveal the building’s original floor from 1882.

Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiency, said: “Our plan over the next month is to complete a check of the rest of the site to remove any discarded needles and carry out some tree safety works.

“We will then look to start marketing the site, likely in early December, as the management of it is not a county council function.

“We will be inviting offers for the site, which will not be available for development and is to stay a green space for the city, and I hope that local interest groups may take the opportunity to come together to bid for the land.”

No price tag has yet been put on the land.

The Friends of Norwich City Station (FONCS) halted their attempts to unearth the city’s lost station earlier this year when the contamination was discovered, but moved back onto the site on Sunday to start cleaning the brick floor.

Jon Batley from FONCS said: “It looks brilliant.

“We were so pleased when we saw it last week.”


  • I can remember back in the 80's when the remains of the old platforms were there, they levelled that and sold the land which then became Halfords and the footpaths which are there now, there were were no toxic waste issues then, they would rather the land became a kwik fit or car showroom than a green space, I think it should be given to the volunteers so there is at least some reminder that there was once a bustling station there.

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    clive hill

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • I would like to see this site sold at peppercorn price to the volunteers who are restoring what is left of the City Station and feature the remains ina green environment

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • With respect of the 10 acres of land at City station, the original station was built over a series of channels and dykes, with only two converts, one under city station, the other near the former A frame bridge at the North end, the land was always a problem for the M&GN up to BR, in fact after the war the LNER wanted rid of city station, but the heavy freight flows stopped this, the area in question is mostly marshland now apart from the engine shed and platform, I cannot see anybody wanting to take the responsibility for it. We at FONCS would like to continue to excavate the platform and manage the engine shed area, but we know the area very well and are aware of rubbish,large lumps of concrete , and poorly maintained trees that are further up the line included in this sale, I personaly would not want the liability of it all, and my team are trying to preserve the station for Norwich's history!

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    Jon batley

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Spending the money to develop the land would put you in financial red, the land is too boggy for buildings. The fact that it would have to cross the Marriotts way path, also a no go. There were plans to build on this area but these were canciled due to the above problems. Any new buildings would destroy a belt of Norwich history that was forgotten. The areas around the site where there are developtments consist of some empty buildings so it would be no point in adding to them. Me and the FONCS team have fought for this site to be opened up and rememeber back to how it was to link one side of norwich to the other.

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    Dan Knights

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Sell it? Surely it should be given to the citizens of Norwich and maintained by a group similar to the Mousehold Heath Defenders or of the like. Why does Norfolk County Council always have to talk money, they make me sick.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Whyever won't they allow development on this site? If they did they would get a lot more money for it which would be for the good of all council tax payers.

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    john smith

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Let me check my understanding here. This 'green space' cannot be developed and is contaminated with toxic waste heavy metals - though the topmost levels of these and asbestos have now been removed; yet the council expects someone to buy it from them and assume management responsibilities and obligations? Hmmm. Doesn't sound like a very reassuring indication of financial realism in County Hall.

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