Cromer railway station

Coordinates: 52°55′50″N 1°17′33″E / 52.9305°N 1.2926°E / 52.9305; 1.2926
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National Rail
Cromer railway station, facing towards the town centre
General information
LocationCromer, North Norfolk
Grid referenceTG214420
Managed byGreater Anglia
Other information
Station codeCMR
Key dates
16 June 1887Opened as Cromer Beach
20 October 1969Renamed Cromer
2018/19Increase 0.219 million
2019/20Decrease 0.214 million
2020/21Decrease 60,352
2021/22Increase 0.213 million
2022/23Increase 0.244 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The eastern section of the later M&GNJR

Cromer is a railway station in the English county of Norfolk. Because the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR) line approached Cromer from the west, following the coastal clifftops, it avoided the steep escarpment which had prevented the earlier line from Norwich running all the way into the town. Consequently, it became possible to build a far more conveniently located station, near to the town centre and the beach. The station opened as Cromer Beach on 16 June 1887 and was renamed Cromer on 20 October 1969, following the closure of Cromer High station in 1954. It is 26 miles 52 chains (42.9 km) down the line from Norwich. Cromer is one of only two former Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway stations to remain operational on the National Rail network; the other being the neighbouring West Runton. Sheringham and Weybourne are the other two surviving M&GNJR stations; both are still served today on the heritage North Norfolk Railway.


To cater to the heavy leisure traffic at the end of the 19th century, Cromer Beach had a large station building in a half-timbered style, and a large goods yard. The station originally included a bar, which was closed in 1966.[1] Following the introduction of conductor-guard working, the ticket facilities were no longer needed and the building fell into disuse; it was renovated and reopened as a public house in 1998.[2] A large supermarket was built on the site of the goods yards in 1991.[3]


All services at Cromer are operated by Greater Anglia using Class 755 BMUs.

The typical service on all days of the week is one train per hour in each direction between Norwich and Sheringham.[4] Due to its location, trains reverse at the station before continuing to Norwich or Sheringham.

In 1997 a single daily through train to and from London Liverpool Street to Sheringham via Cromer was introduced but was discontinued due to low usage.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Runton   Greater Anglia
  train reverses
Roughton Road    
Disused railways
Midland and Great Northern Joint RailwayTerminus
Terminus   Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway
  Cromer Links Halt
Line and station closed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Refreshment Room, Cromer Beach". Norfolk Public Houses. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Sheringham to Norwich". Dudley Mall Railway Directory. Dudley Mall. 2007. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  3. ^ a b Adderson, Richard; Kenworthy, Graham (1998). Branch Lines Around Cromer. Middleton Press.
  4. ^ Table 16 National Rail timetable, May 2023

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