New Guide Aims to Encourage Day Trippers to Explore by Rail

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A new guide to enjoying Norfolk and Suffolk by rail is to be launched at Norwich rail station tomorrow by members of the Norfolk Community Rail Partnerships and dancers from Cromer Pier.

The new guide to the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines railways – which run from Norwich to Cromer & Sheringham and Norwich to Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft respectively – is designed to offer day trippers information about where to go and what to see at stops along the lines and includes details of special events, free guided walks and discounts.

The guide is now available at staffed stations along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines routes and will be officially launched at Norwich rail station on Wednesday 29th August at 10am by Ted Gadsden, Chair of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, Ian Dinmore, Chair of the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership and Chris Wood of Community Rail Norfolk who produced the guide.

They will be accompanied by dancers from the Pavillion Theatre at Cromer Pier, which is one of the many destinations featured in the guide, many of which offer discounts for those arriving by rail.

The guide also includes helpful town maps for key stops along the routes, information about things to see and do at each stop and whether any discounts are available, details of bus links, and information about special guided walks which are free to all rail ticket holders and have been scheduled to fit in with train times from Norwich.

There are also details of cycle hire companies which operate along the route and details of free cycle carriage which enables passengers to take their bikes on the train.

The guide can also be accessed using the new Bittern and Wherry Lines app for iPhones and Android. The app is the first such product from a community rail partnership and was funded by the Department for Transport, Network Rail, AcoRP, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council.

Chris Wood from Community Rail Norfolk said, “The Bittern and Wherry Lines guide have so much to offer for those looking for a great day out. From beautiful walks along the National Trust’s Cromer Ridge or discovering RSPB reserves, exploring our fascinating market towns and picturesque villages, to a fun family day out at the seaside, there is something for everyone. Getting there by rail is a great option as many of the attractions will offer discounts to rail ticket holders but it also helps to cut down on congestion and pollution in these tourism hot spots too.”