With the summer season in full swing, the tourism industry is thriving in Great Yarmouth. Many who visit the town do so by train and it is a great shame that their first impression of Great Yarmouth is marred by a dilapidated and tired looking station in dire need of improvement.
I continue to push hard for changes to Great Yarmouth station; however, developments have been slow recently due to the current franchise, currently held by National Express East Anglia, ending soon. With a new franchise beginning in February 2012 the scope for improvements to our local services will be much greater. Following changes surrounding the way rail franchises will run, the new franchisee will have greater responsibility for carrying out enhancement works at their stations. With help from fellow Norfolk MPs, I lobbied franchise bidders for improved services to the Greater Anglia network, including changes to our stations.
I have recently been liaising with Network Rail, who currently maintains our station, to highlight the need for some short-term aesthetic improvements, particularly during the busy summer season. I have also contacted local businesses and organisations to discuss the possibility of erecting some information boards and advertising hoardings to brighten up the interior of the station. Following a recent meeting with the RSPB, they are keen to work with local businesses to invest aesthetic improvements to Great Yarmouth rail station.
I will keep you updated on developments from the franchise bidders and let you know progress with local businesses regarding aesthetic improvements to the interior of the station.
10th August 2011