Road sign error suggests Great Yarmouth is just one mile from Lowestoft

The sign at Lowestoft railway station pointing to Great Yarmouth, which suggests the two towns are j

The sign at Lowestoft railway station pointing to Great Yarmouth, which suggests the two towns are just a mile apart. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

A road sign is potentially sending tourists into a spin – by suggesting two of the region's top tourist resorts, which are actually 10 miles apart, are separated by just a mile.

The sign at Lowestoft railway station pointing to Great Yarmouth, which suggests the two towns are j

The sign at Lowestoft railway station pointing to Great Yarmouth, which suggests the two towns are just a mile apart. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are two towns with their own unique identity and history, and are separated by a whole county border.

It takes about 20mins to drive the 10.7mile distance along the A47.

But tourists looking for hints on how to get between the two may have been surprised to find one sign suggesting it was just a brisk walk from Lowestoft's Bascule bridge to Yarmouth seafront.

The sign outside Lowestoft railway station, in Station Square, just off the A47, correctly says Beccles is 10 miles away and Carlton Colville four miles away, but says that Yarmouth is just a mile away on cycle route number one.


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A spokesman for Highways England, which looks after Britain's A-roads and motorways, said it is now checking to see if the sign falls under its responsibility.

'If it is ours and there is a mistake on it, we will arrange to replace it as soon as possible,' a Highways England spokesman said.

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