Public back scheme to improve area around town’s railway station

Before and after images of what Great Yarmouth train station could look like if £2m plans to rejuvin

Before and after images of what Great Yarmouth train station could look like if £2m plans to rejuvinate the area around it get the green signal. Photo: George Ryan and Norfolk County Council - Credit: Archant

Plans to rejuvenate the area around Great Yarmouth's railway station have been given a seal of approval.

After a month long consultation a report has been prepared with feedback from members of the public, with overwhelming support for the proposals.

The scheme will see the station forecourt and the route to the Market Place via The Conge made more welcoming and easier to navigate for pedestrians and cyclists.

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The consultation ran from February 13 to March 13 and 92pc of people supported the proposals – of the 141 who responded.

More than 80pc either liked or strongly liked the proposals directly outside the train station, and the route to the town centre and nearly two thirds said they would use the train station more if the improvements went ahead.

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Borough council leader Graham Plant said if plans were approved they could even be completed by the end of the year.

Cllr Plant said that the works that have been proposed would be very helpful to the town, adding: 'It is just one of those areas that has been in need of sprucing up for an awfully long time.'

From discussions with the Great Yarmouth Cycle Forum, it was recognised that the unsegregated cycleway along The Conge was the best available option given the constraints on the road. They said it would need to be well signposted given the number of pedestrians.

The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind said they liked the plans to replicate the former train and tram lines in a material which would act as a means of guidance for white stick users to help them navigate through the space and to crossing points.

A £2m sum was awarded by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Norfolk County Council to carry out the improvement works, which are being considered as part of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's draft Masterplan to boost the town centre.

A spokesman for the county council said: 'Feedback shows strong support and responses will be used to inform the final design. The next steps will be to work on the detailed design of the new Anglia LEP funded scheme.'

A series of drop-in events were held throughout this consultation period with one at the rail station, two at Market Gates and one at Asda.

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