Heritage railway funding appeal for footbridges at Sheringham and Holt
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A heritage rail line is out to build bridges and add a new dimension to two of its stations.
The North Norfolk Railway has launched a £115,000 public appeal called Crossing the Line which is seeking to construct two authentic bridges at Sheringham and Holt.
At Sheringham, the railway has already been working hard to return the station and its surroundings to its look in the early 1960s when the line was severed.
The crossing has been reinstated and the old Sheringham East signal box moved close to its original site.
The project would build an exact replica of the footbridge, as at the time of closure, on its original footings at the station.
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Railway deputy chairman Barry Denton said the 'new' footbridge would both improve the historic image of the station and help visitors get between platforms.
They currently have to walk across the track, which causes congestion during busy periods when trains are running - but the boarded walk will remain for buggies and wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.
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'As our heritage station is situated by the main 'gateway' to the town, we believe that this bridge will restore a feature to the town that a number of the residents regret was ever demolished,' said Mr Denton who is leading the project.
Sheringham's bridge will have to be built professionally.
Holt's however - a replica of a simpler one which used to be at Drayton station - would be built by volunteers. It would stop a long walk around the end of track buffer stops to get from one platform to another.
Mr Denton said : 'The bridges will improve access, but will also be an ideal platform for photographers.'
The only other footbridge on the line is the one at Weybourne.
The appeal has been given a healthy start by £14,000 worth of raffle tickets sold on the line during the year by stalwart volunteer Chris Sunderland, from Woolpit in Suffolk, who has served for 10 years and normally raises £9,000 to £10,000 a year for railway projects.
Any donations of £1,000 or more will entitle the donor to an engraved brass plate on the bridge of their choice.
Leaflets about the appeal are available from the railway's Sheringham station, or call 01263 820800. Donations can also be made via the website www.nnr.co.uk. Anyone interested in volunteering should email the railway at firstname.lastname@example.org
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