09:42 July 22, 2022
New paper train timetables for Norfolk and North Suffolk rail routes have been produced to help people without internet access.
Community rail partnerships Bittern Line and Wherry Lines have worked with rail operator Greater Anglia to produce 10,000 timetables for rail routes – with the added benefit of supporting tourism in these areas.
Timetables have been drawn up for the Wherry Lines which run from Norwich to Lowestoft and Norwich to Great Yarmouth and the Butor Line which serves the route between Norwich and Sheringham via North Walsham and Cromer.
These timetables are now available from various outlets including the North Norfolk Visitor Center in Cromer, the North Norfolk Railway shop in Sheringham, the Broads Information Center in Hoveton, the North Walsham Heritage and Advice Center and the Community Rail Shop and Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft station. as well as staffed Greater Anglia stations in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
David Pearce, Vice President of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “We recognize that there is a small but significant proportion of rail users who are unable to access the internet or who prefer a printed version .
“We are therefore delighted to have teamed up with our partner partner, the Wherry Lines, to produce paper timetables for our routes.”
The initiative has been welcomed by local transport user groups, including the East Suffolk Travel Association and the East Norfolk Transport Users Association, with their members helping to distribute the new publications.
Trevor Garrod, Chairman of the East Suffolk Travel Association, said: “We warmly welcome this initiative and support the distribution of paper timetables through our members.
“At a time when it is important to bring travelers back to rail, it is essential to ensure that timetables are available to all in usable formats.”
Stephen Hewitt, spokesperson for the East Norfolk Transport Users Association, based in Great Yarmouth, added: “Not everyone is able to check train times on a phone or computer. Therefore, having printed versions will be of great help to the many who are unable to do so. “
Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with community rail partnerships Bittern Line and Wherry Lines on this positive project to help make timetable information available as widely as possible and to help promote rail travel. on these important local rail lines.