Increase of Bittern Line railway passengers from Norwich to Sheringham

Jonathan Denby. Photo: Bill Smith

Jonathan Denby. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2011

A new hourly service has helped boost train passenger numbers on a commuter and tourist line from Norwich to Sheringham.

Over the first three months of this year there was a 20pc increase in Bittern Line passengers with more than 10,800 journeys being made, compared to just over 9,000 journeys in the same period last year, according to Abellio Greater Anglia figures.

An all-year round hourly Sunday service started in October last year.

The final trains from Norwich to Sheringham on Fridays and Saturdays were also moved back from 10.45pm to 11.05pm last December.

Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: 'The improved frequency of service is a major boost for Norfolk's economy and the businesses that will benefit from more people visiting Norwich and the coastal and market towns the Bittern Line serves.'

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Ted Gadsden, chairman of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, said: 'We are delighted by the introduction of the hourly Sunday service to Sheringham and the improved passenger numbers. I am sure that it will have a welcome impact on the tourist industry, demonstrating the importance of rail travel, especially in this area.'

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