Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00

Sheringham TIC handed to North Norfolk Railway

Written by  Louise Cowell
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L-R Cllr. Judy Oliver, Cllr. Tom FitzPatrick (NNDC Leader), Trevor Eady, Hugh Harkett (both NNR) L-R Cllr. Judy Oliver, Cllr. Tom FitzPatrick (NNDC Leader), Trevor Eady, Hugh Harkett (both NNR)

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is pleased to announce that Sheringham Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has been handed over to North Norfolk Railway (NNR).

The handover paves the way for a newly redeveloped TIC and toilet facilities and improved opening hours and has offered NNR the opportunity to shape how local services are run.

NNR submitted a Localism Act Expression of Interest to the Council to provide and manage the Sheringham Tourist Information Centre and the public toilets at Station Approach, Sheringham. 

The transfer was dependent on a successful Coastal Communities Grant bid by the NNR for £450,000 for a wider development of the site at Sheringham, which was awarded in January 2015.

Following the handover, NNR intends to demolish the toilets at Station Approach together with the TIC and then rebuild a new shop, office, TIC and toilet facility.   NNR, following the signing of a service level agreement, will run the TIC and the toilets and has committed to re-opening the facilities in April 2016. 

It is expected that the new TIC will be run by railway staff and will open throughout the year. 

Temporary toilets have been installed on Station Approach car park and will be available for the duration of the project (subject to opening hours).

Cllr. Tom FitzPatrick, North Norfolk District Council Leader, said: “Handing over the Tourist Information Centre and Station Approach toilets in Sheringham to North Norfolk Railway follows the successful transfer of Wells Tourist Information Centre to Wells Maltings Trust.  Both transfers indicate how the Council is willing to work with local people and organisations to ensure important and well-used services and facilities continue to be provided in the future.”

Trevor Eady, General Manager for North Norfolk Railway, said:  “We welcome the opportunity to enhance the facilities for both the North Norfolk Railway and Sheringham itself. Work will start immediately to ensure the new facilities, which will include a new shop for the Railway, will be available from April 2016. The project will also see the buffet on the station doubled in size to help provide better facilities for the growing number of passengers (2015 161,000).”

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