New Bittern Line and Wherry Lines railway guides offer tourism boost
Smaller towns and villages near rail lines in Norfolk and Suffolk could receive a tourism boost thanks to two new brochures which aim to encourage visitors.
The new guides highlight the hidden gems, attractions, local events and festivals that can be discovered along the Bittern and Wherry Lines railways which run between Norwich, Cromer and Sheringham, and Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
Maggie Tan, Community Railway Norfolk’s Development Officer, said “There is so much to see and do along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines, whether you’re ready for a great time by the sea, exploring market towns and charming villages, or planning a fun family day out at a zoo, in a museum, or on the Broads”.
Paul Haynes, Greater Anglia’s Partnerships Manager, said, “With these guides and Greater Anglia’s great value fares, families and day trippers could leave the car at home and spend the whole summer discovering the wonders of these scenic rail lines and the fascinating towns, villages and attractions that are within easy reach.”
Peter Mayne, Chair of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, said “There’s something for everyone and we hope railway travellers will find the guides useful."
Cllr Roger Foulger, Chair of the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, said “The new line guides give an excellent insight into the attractions accessible from the trains which provide excellent service”.
Paul Webster, Operations Manager of ACoRP, said “We welcome these guides about the Bittern and Wherry Lines as a resource that both visitors to the region and local residents can use to discover places to visit from their local stations and interesting sights to see from the window of their train journey.
“The places along these lines offer so much as visitor destinations, but the scenic qualities of the lines are also destinations in their own right. I hope many visitors will find them useful and discover the delights of the Bittern and Wherry Lines through the information in these two new line guides”.
The guides are available at staffed stations along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines routes, and will also be available to download later this year from their respective lines’ websites, which are currently being revamped.
The guides have been published by the Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail with support from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).