Diss Railway Station exhibition on track to bring in tourists
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The Waveney Valley is known for its beautiful market towns and well-loved attractions. And to inspire more tourists to visit these locations, a photographic exhibition has been installed at Diss Railway Station.
Large photographs of iconic locations, including Diss Mere, Billingford Mill, Bungay Castle and Bressingham Steam Museum, have been put up along both platforms to promote the locations as people pass through on the train.
It is hoped the seven market towns; Diss, Harleston, Eye, Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth, Loddon and the surrounding villages, will benefit from the exhibition.
Councillor Tony Palmer, who is also chairman of the Diss Rail Station Group, said the idea has taken a few years to come to pass.
He said: 'The idea was discussed many years ago. It has taken a while to sort out. But we are delighted that it has actually happened.
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'They provide a bright ambience for commuting passengers. The station looks brighter and more cheerful.
'I think it is a more positive step for the area. I look forward to an increase in tourism and rail travel, inspired by the display of pictures promoting the Waveney Valley and visits to this beautiful destination.'
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The project is a partnership between Abellio Greater Anglia, Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Diss Town Council, the Waveney Valley Towns Team and the Diss Rail Station Group.
It is the first to be delivered under the Diss Station Travel Plan which was launched alongside the exhibition.
The travel plan will conduct a major study to investigate how customers access Diss station and whether improvements could be made, leading to the creation of an action plan for the station.