Date published: 28th July 2016
North Norfolk Railway has opened a new Tourist Information Centre and toilets at Sheringham after taking over the running of the facilities from North Norfolk District Council.
The new building has been designed to match the style of the current station architecture and also includes a new enlarged shop for the Heritage Railway.
North Norfolk Railway (NNR) General Manager Trevor Eady said: “We are incredibly proud to be opening these great facilities today and we hope they will make our Heritage Railway an even more outstanding destination for North Norfolk residents and visitors alike.
“On behalf of the North Norfolk Railway I would like to thank the District Council for making this project possible.”
North Norfolk District Council agreed, under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, that North Norfolk Railway would take over the running of the toilets and Tourist Information Centre in Sheringham. The ownership of the small plot of land and buildings were transferred to the NNR. NNDC also granted funding of £154,000 towards the project.
NNDC Cabinet Member for Assets Cllr John Rest said: “This is such a boost not only for Sheringham but for the Heritage Railway, and all visitors to the town and our beautiful North Norfolk coast. The new facilities will make visiting Sheringham and heading further afield much easier.”
NNDC’s support meant NNR could apply for further grants to increase the scope of the project, and they were awarded £498,000 from central government’s Coastal Community Fund (CCF) towards the new building and a recently completed boiler shop at Weybourne where steam locomotive boilers can be overhauled.
Cllr Becky Palmer Cabinet Member for Customer Services said: “This will be a great resource for visitors to North Norfolk. I’m certain NNR will do an excellent job.”
Ward member for Sheringham North Cllr Doug Smith echoed praise for the project.
He said: “The Heritage Railway is such a favourite with everyone. I’m really pleased the Council and the North Norfolk Railway could work together on such a great outcome. The new facilities all look great and will be appreciated hugely by visitors and residents alike.”
Last updated: 2nd August 2016