Norfolk Community Rail Partnerships Launch Pioneering Mobile Phone App for Bittern and Wherry Lines

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) in Norfolk have launched a new, pioneering mobile phone app aimed at promoting the Norwich to Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft (Wherry Lines) and Norwich to Sheringham (Bittern Line) CRPs, as well as giving up-to-the-minute travel information. The Norfolk CRPs are the first rail partnerships on the UK rail network to introduce such an app.   

The development of the app has been supported by train operator Greater Anglia, Norfolk County Council, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).

The app provides access to real time bus and train information for each Bittern & Wherry Lines station and visitor information too. Users of the app will be able to access maps, a journey planner, information on tourist attractions and accommodation, plus details of local cycling and walking routes.

The free to download app is available from the Appstore and Google Play for Android users and was officially launched at Norwich station on Friday 1 June.

Users can also download the Greater Anglia app from the Community Rail Norfolk app giving the opportunity to purchase tickets as well.

Jonathan Denby, Greater Anglia’s Head of Corporate Affairs and chair of Community Rail Norfolk said: “This ground-breaking phone app provides an innovative, coordinated and accessible way to promote the region and make key information available to visitors. It is a handy, one-stop shop for up-to-date, essential travel and tourist information about Norfolk.” 

Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council, said: “This app will be a boon to tourists visiting Norfolk and to anyone who wants to enjoy the countryside and attractions near their own home. It will also provide a welcome boost for the tourist businesses featured. I’m delighted to see our grant contribution put to good use.”