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Sheringham station reopened after £1m platform works twice delayed

PUBLISHED: 13:12 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:30 22 May 2019

Platform works at Sheringham station are now complete. Pictured, workers installing a new 80-metre platform at Sheringham Railway Station. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Platform works at Sheringham station are now complete. Pictured, workers installing a new 80-metre platform at Sheringham Railway Station. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Sheringham railway station has been reopened following a £1m refurbishment after being delayed for a second time.

The station was originally due to reopen on May 6, after month-long platform replacement works, but the date was put back until May 16 after workers were supplied with a faulty batch of beams.

And the reopening was then delayed again until May 22 after rail operator Greater Anglia (GA) said there were "further tasks to complete".

But the station has now been reopened in time for the upcoming bank holiday weekend and half term holiday with trains now resuming a normal timetable - despite the final works not being quite complete.

A GA spokesperson said: "Sheringham station reopened today [Wednesday, May 22] in time for the bank holiday weekend and half term school holiday.

"The platform work is complete, but over the next few weeks we will be carrying out further works including installing lighting, fencing and handrails, which we can do without closing the line.

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"We'd like to thank customers for their patience while the line between Cromer and Sheringham was shut."

A spokesperson previously said the £1m platform upgrade would "deliver a significant improvement for passengers with a longer, wider platform, with new lighting and easier access, allowing longer trains to serve the station, providing more capacity for the summer season and major events in north Norfolk."

Replacement busses were used to link Sheringham with West Runton and Cromer railway stations during the closure, from where passengers were able to use Bittern Line trains to Norwich.

The new platform will be wider than the previous structure and capable of accommodating the next generation of GA trains.

The old 40-metre platform, which was installed in 1967, is too short to fit the new bi-mode trains, which can switch between electric and diesel power.

Christopher Taylor, from Sheringham Chamber of Trade, said after the works were announced there should have been more consultation of businesses.

But others, including mayor Madeleine Ashcroft, welcomed the project, and said: "The new platform will improve train travel for both residents and visitors."

The works did not affect the running of North Norfolk Railway's heritage line to Holt.

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