Cromer railway station

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Cromer National Rail
CromerStation.jpg
Cromer Railway Station Facing Towards Town
Location
PlaceCromer
Local authorityNorth Norfolk
Grid referenceTG214420
Operations
Station codeCMR
Managed byGreater Anglia
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.187 million
2014/15Decrease 0.183 million
2015/16Increase 0.192 million
2016/17Increase 0.201 million
2017/18Increase 0.205 million
History
16 June 1887Opened as Cromer Beach
20 October 1969Renamed Cromer
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cromer from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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.

Buildings[edit]

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]

Cromer is one of only two former M&GNJR stations to remain operational on Network Rail, the other being the neighbouring West Runton.

Services[edit]

The station is currently served only by local services operated by 'Greater Anglia' on the Bittern Line from Norwich to Sheringham.[4]

There is generally an hourly service to Sheringham (8 minutes) and to Norwich (55 minutes), with more frequent services during the morning and evening peak travel times. On Sundays, trains run every two hours to Sheringham and Norwich.[5] In 1997 a single daily through train to and from London Liverpool Street to Sheringham via Cromer was introduced; it was not heavily used and the service was consequently discontinued.[3] All of these services are run by diesel multiple units Class 153, 156 or occasionally 170.

Because of its historical position as the terminus of the line from Melton Constable and Sheringham to the west, trains running via Cromer reverse direction on leaving the station.[2]

The following services currently call at Cromer:

Operator Route Material Frequency
Greater Anglia Norwich - Salhouse - Hoveton & Wroxham - Worstead - North Walsham - Gunton - Roughton Road - Cromer - West Runton - Sheringham Class 153, Class 156, Class 170 1x per hour
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Greater Anglia
Disused railways
TerminusMidland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Terminus   Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway
North Walsham–Cromer
  Cromer Links Halt
Line and station closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Refreshment Room, Cromer Beach". Norfolk Public Houses. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ a b "Sheringham to Norwich". Dudley Mall Railway Directory. Dudley Mall. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  3. ^ a b Adderson & Kenworthy (1998)
  4. ^ "Current timetables: Cromer". One Railway. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  5. ^ "Current Timetables". one. Retrieved 2008-02-05.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°55′50″N 1°17′33″E / 52.9305°N 1.2926°E / 52.9305; 1.2926