Railway station branded 'a disgrace'

GREAT Yarmouth Railway Station was branded “a disgrace” at a meeting of the borough's county councillors this week. The criticism was levelled during discussions of new pedestrian access improvements to the railway station.

GREAT Yarmouth Railway Station was branded “a disgrace” at a meeting of the borough's county councillors this week.

The criticism was levelled during discussions of new pedestrian access improvements to the railway station.

A zebra crossing, footpaths and extra signs, and relocated bus shelter are planned if the scheme, expected to cost from £80,000 to £85,000, goes ahead.

Footpaths would be provided on both sides of the link road to Asda supermarket and to Acle New Road.

Breydon Division councillor Trevor Wainwright said: “The station looks like a bombsite. Network Rail has got a lot to answer to. It is a disgrace and must be the most unsightly railway station in Norfolk.

“Without Asda none of the improvements that have been made would have taken place. It was very short-sighted turning down the application to extend the store, when the company had offered to provide more facilities.”

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Access is currently hindered by a lack of dropped kerbing, poor drainage, a steep ramp and lack of signs.

Wheelchair and pushchair users can use an alternative, but much longer, route to the station

The borough's head of planning and development Peter Warner said: “No-one has accepted responsibility for the site. If it is clear where that lays it will be easier to make these improvements.”