Sheringham railway station


Sheringham railway station is the northern terminus of the Bittern Line in Norfolk, England, serving the town of Sheringham. It is 30 miles 22 chains (30.28 mi; 48.7 km) down the line from Norwich (including the reversal at Cromer). Its three-letter station code is SHM.

Sheringham
The platform at Sheringham
LocationSheringham, North Norfolk
England
Grid referenceTG156430
Managed byGreater Anglia
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeSHM
ClassificationDfT category F1
History
Opened2 January 1967
Original companyBritish Rail
Passengers
2015/16 0.195 million
2016/17 0.210 million
2017/18 0.221 million
2018/19 0.226 million
2019/20 0.182 million
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

It was opened by British Rail on 2 January 1967 replacing the original station in Sheringham opened by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, which is located across the road, enabling the closure of the level crossing there. The original station subsequently became the terminus of the North Norfolk Railway heritage line. At the time of opening, the railway itself was listed for closure; the basic timber platform provided was intended to cover only the last months of the line's operation.[1]

The station is situated on the southern edge of the town centre, but within walking distance of the beach. It is currently managed by Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving it.

Services


Trains operate hourly to Norwich. There are fewer services on Sundays, which alternate every hour between a stopping service (calling at all stations) and a semi-fast service that only calls at Cromer, North Walsham, and Hoveton & Wroxham.

Rebuild


The old platform, intended as a temporary structure when the line was scheduled for closure. This photograph was taken before the restoration of the level crossing, showing the buffer stops that marked the limit of operation at that time.

With the pending introduction of longer Stadler FLIRT Class 755 units by Abellio Greater Anglia, the temporary station platform was finally scheduled to be replaced. The replacement platform would be doubled in length, at 80 metres, and fitted with improved lighting and shelter. The station was due to be closed Sunday 31 March to Sunday 5 May 2019 for the works to be completed.[2] In April, it was reported that the reopening of the station would be delayed due to a fault with supplied components.[3] Further delays were then caused by issues with signalling.[4] The station finally reopened in late May 2019.[5]

Connection with the North Norfolk Railway


The second train to use the new level crossing, April 2010

Between 2007 and 2010, work was undertaken to reinstate the original level crossing across the road to allow trains from Norwich to run onto the North Norfolk Railway (NNR) heritage line tracks. The BBC reported in December 2007 that Network Rail supported the plans to allow occasional crossing of the tracks for trains onto the heritage route. Work began in January 2010 with the moving of the NNR headshunt to slew into line with the National Rail section. The link was reinstated in March 2010 when the first passenger train over the new crossing was steam locomotive ‘Oliver Cromwell’, hauling a train from London Liverpool Street.[6][7] Occasional uses by charter trains and visiting rolling stock are anticipated not to exceed 12 times a year.

The North Norfolk Railway also operate a number of dining trains over the entire surviving section of the M&GN, between Holt and Cromer, during Summer months.[8] Services began in 2016, working in partnership with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, who were already a licensed operator on Network Rail.[9] These services do not stop at the Network Rail station.

References


  1. Proposed withdrawal of passenger services between Norwich - Sheringham. 1967
  2. "New, longer Sheringham station platform to be installed ready for new trains | Greater Anglia". www.greateranglia.co.uk. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. Frank-Keyes, Jessica. "Sheringham station £1m platform reopening delayed due to fault". North Norfolk News. Archived from the original on 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. "Station opening delayed over signalling". 16 May 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. Frank-Keyes, Jessica. "Sheringham station reopened after £1m platform works twice delayed". North Norfolk News. Archived from the original on 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  6. NNR Sheringham Level Crossing Archived 1 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. "Sheringham sees steam reconnected". 11 March 2010. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010 via news.bbc.co.uk.
  8. "Mainline Cromer Dining Trains". Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  9. "Railway Partnership for New Cromer Service". North York Moors Historical Railway Trust - NYMR. Archived from the original on 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.