I met representatives from Greater Anglia last week to discuss the future of Great Yarmouth Train Station and transport in the area. The meeting was very positive, with a number of new initiatives sketched out to improve both the station itself and the surrounding infrastructure.
• Greater Anglia has agreed to meet a local architect who has approached Brandon with a plan to improve the station. While Greater Anglia could not commit to any spending plans, the fact that the company is willing to meet those with new ideas is a promising sign that the long-overdue improvements may soon materialise.
• The company also showed a willingness to improve cycling provision at the station. Brandon will be working with individuals in the local cycling community to put forward a plan to encourage more people in Great Yarmouth to cycle to and from the station and take the train, improving fitness and taking vehicles off the roads.
• Brandon will also open discussions with Norfolk County Council, local bus companies and businesses to draw up plans for a shuttle service from the station to the town centre and holiday resorts.
I am greatly encouraged by the discussion I had with Greater Anglia. They have shown a real willingness to get the ball rolling on a number of projects to smarten up the station and encourage more people to use the train – whether they are local people or tourists. This is something local businesses, residents and the council can rally around. The more attractive and efficient the train service and surrounding infrastructure, the more people will be encouraged to come to Great Yarmouth on their holidays and spend money in the area. A shuttle bus service would help to unlock our fantastic holiday parks and the town centre to those who do not own a car of their own, while better cycling provision would encourage tourists and local people alike to discover new parts of the area that they otherwise would never have encountered. I am very excited to get these discussions underway. In the meantime, I would encourage anyone with new ideas on how to fly the flag for our area to get in touch.