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DUDLEY MALL'S RAILWAY DIRECTORY
• NORWICH TO LOWESTOFT •

LINE PLAN
  Norwich
  Brundall Gardens
  Brundall
  Buckenham
  Cantley
  Reedham
  Berney Arms
  Haddiscoe
  Somerleyton
  Oulton Broad North
  Lowestoft

Right: Norwich station was built for the days of horse and carriage, and dwarfs the upstart motor car.
Passengers at Norwich
 
Wheels: SN.  If you're on wheels, see our Easy Access page for explanation.
A full list of routes covered by Dudley Mall appears at the bottom of this page.

Norwich plan NORWICH is a grand, traditional station from outside - and looks a lot fresher than some of its soot-darkened contemporaries in industrial cities. Better still, the main concourse has had a modern facelift that has created an extremely pleasant environment, with open seating areas, a cafe, food stalls, books and newspapers, cash dispensers and telephones arranged as a central island, and plenty of flowers in planters and hanging baskets. There is also a waiting room by the entrance to platform 1. All this is under a light overall roof, and there are canopies along the platforms as well. Because it's a terminus, all trains terminate or reverse direction here.

The station is well signed to its east-of-city-centre location, with pay-and-display parking in front and 20 minute pick-up parking round the right side. Access is level at the Thorpe Road entrance, but Station Approach is an incline. Wheels: NL.

Norwich platform   Norwich also serves:
the Norwich to Cambridge route
the Norwich to Great Yarmouth route
the Norwich to Sheringham route
and Ipswich to Norwich & Cambridge
   Norwich concourse

BRUNDALL GARDENS
Brundall Gardens entry Brundall Gardens station
Brundall Gardens plan Brundall Gardens is at the bottom of a private road maybe 100 yards long. There is no apparent parking. The entrance to the station is a small gate through towering bushes - and rather attractive. The two platforms are linked by an overbridge, but no sign of a footboard alternative and the station is unstaffed. There are shelters on both platforms - wooden huts on one side, and a modern bus shelter with about 5 bar seats on the other. There is an information board but we didn't notice any video train information. Wheels: NL.

BRUNDALL
Brundall Station is not far from the shopping area (though Station Road is slightly longer than the sketch suggests), and has a free car park for about 20 cars with two disabled spaces near the entrance. This is handy positioning as the station is staggered either side of a level crossing, so you can get to either platform quickly when the gates are open. There is also an overbridge for the more agile.

The main building was on the east-bound side, but this has now passed into private business hands, so weather protection is a bus shelter on the platform just beyond it. The Norwich side has rather more accommodation and its open-fronted canopied shelter could probably shelter 15-20 people. The platforms have video train information, and the junction at the eastern end of the station is the splitting point for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft routes. Wheels: NL.
Brundall photo
Brundall plan
The photo shows the Norwich side from the end of the Lowestoft platform. The leftmost building is the former station house. The car park is out of view to the left, beyond the passenger bridge.


buckenham photo BUCKENHAM station approach is more a stony track than a metalled road, and it expires at the level crossing as there is no public route beyond it. The station building looks to be partly in private hands, with the rest sealed up, and the slant-roofed shelter from inclement weather closely resembles a coal shed (but is cleaner!). On our visit, we took the path on the opposite side to be separate from the station, and didn't recognise the distant "something" as a second platform until reviewing our photos. Even so, it appears to have a well-lit easy-access route to get to it after crossing the footboarded track. It's not possible to confirm an official shelter there, but the huge tree may provide a natural alternative. A small handful of cars could probably find space to park by the station building. Wheels: NL

buckenham plan The photo above shows how distant the second platform is (down by the big tree). There is no canopy on the station. The shelter mentioned is under the roof slope of the farther building.



CANTLEY
Cantley station
Cantley plan Cantley station is almost at the built-up boundary on the south side of the village, close to the River Yare. A level crossing is hard up against the end of the platforms, with a small parking area by the Norwich platform. There is a ramp from there to the platform, with 4 steps as an alternative. On the platform there is a small bus shelter with 4 or 5 narrow seats, and a bench seat in the open. The Lowestoft platform had a large open-front shelter or full waiting room, but it's now closed up, and you just get the value of its canopy and a bench seat. The platform is reached from the level crossing. Wheels: NL


Reedham Photo REEDHAM station's original buildings have been demolished or turned to other uses, so you go down to train level by a modern ramp that passes the untidy bricked up remains and leads under the road overbridge to reach the Norwich platform. This now has a pair of modern bus shelters, video train information, and flowers! It also has a passenger overbridge to the Lowestoft side. There, as the photo shows, the old waiting room survives and may even be open, but we couldn't confirm this. But certainly it offers a canopy and seating beneath.
Reedham Plan Although there is no obvious wheeled crossing of the line, there is a second entrance to the station just past the waiting room, a level footpath from the nearby housing estate. The access grading reflects the distance to a parked car after an out-and-return rail journey. There is a small amount of street parking on the old station side; presumably parking is available on the estate side. Wheels: NL.



Berney Arms plan BERNEY ARMS halt is on the link line from Reedham to Great Yarmouth, not the line that goes on through Haddiscoe to Lowestoft. Great Yarmouth trains alternate on the two routes. The halt is the smallest station on the modern railway system, and trains stop there only by request. As with Oulton Broad North, we have not been there ourselves, but in this case it was not a demanding task to describe its features as they are almost non-existent. The platform itself is small, and the newish open-fronted shelter seems to have gone lengthways through a bacon-slicer to fit on it. Capacity is apparently four slender people standing shoulder to shoulder and very upright - and they'll probably still get wet. Don't get excited by the crossing - it's strictly local, and the Berney Arms itself is a short distance away. The station only exists through an "in perpetuity" clause in the original land sale, but the surrounding area is a wildlife preserve with little road access at all, so the station does have a purpose in life - if not much traffic. Access seems to be by walking alongside the track from the nearby crossing. Wheels: NL.


HADDISCOE
Haddiscoe PlanHaddiscoe station
Haddiscoe station is named for the nearby village to its south. St Olaves is closer and might seem more logical, but there was once a station there too, on a Great Yarmouth line now dismantled. But whichever direction you come from, personal transport would be an asset as the approach road alone is 3/4 mile long. Once there, there is free parking for about 20 vehicles. The site looks as though it may have once had two facing platforms, but now they are staggered (one much longer than the other) with a linking footboard, and that is the access point from the car park. Each sports a small open-fronted bus shelter with small perch seats. Wheels: NL.


Somerleyton Station SOMERLEYTON station stands on the very edge of Somerleyton Marshes and the station building itself is now in other hands. It looks as though the station never had a canopy, so the small 4-seat bus shelters on each platform represent the only real weather protection. The village is somewhat spread around, though there are houses on the road that comes down to the level crossing. If you're a wheelchair user, this is the platform end you'd probably prefer to come to as it gives access to both platforms, though the official parking (5 spaces +1 disabled) and train information is at the other end of the platform.
Somerleyton Plan

For those interested in the architecture, the station building's roofline suggests that it has its own (large) water tank - perhaps quite necessary back in the 1840s when it was probably built. Wheels: NL.


Oulton Broad North Plan OULTON BROAD NORTH station has not been visited by us, so this information is based on photographs taken by others, and we would welcome additions and corrections. The station abuts a level crossing, with the original building still in place on the Lowestoft platform. This appears to have changed use, which means that there will be no interior shelter, but the ample canopy remains, along with at least one bench seat. The Norwich platform has been stripped, and now offers only a bus shelter. Both platforms are accessible from the level crossing, but there is no overbridge to aid last-minute passengers in catching their trains. There is free parking for four cars. Wheels: NL.

Be aware that there is also a station nearby called Oulton Broad South. But this is on a different line, serving Lowestoft to Ipswich.

LOWESTOFT
Lowestoft photo Lowestoft plan
Lowestoft station has lost its original overall roof, leaving it with a sense of incompleteness. That apart, its facilities are quite reasonable, with a ticket foyer that includes a newsagent/snack shop, covered space there, and video train information and a shelter out on the platform concourse. There are also small canopies over several doorways, but we can still imagine this being rather a bleak place in winter once you left the entrance foyer. The station still has three platforms out of its original four - platform 1 being the absentee. This has had its track lifted to increase the quantity of pay-and-display parking alongside the station, accessed from Denmark Road. There are currently 50 spaces. Access to the station for wheelchair users seems to be relatively trouble-free.
Wheels: LI.

Lowestoft also serves the Lowestoft to Ipswich route

Routes and Resources Table: Front Information Page Birmingham All-Stations Map
  Central Region Routes Map Full Routes Scroll Map
Stations A-Z      
Birmingham New Street Station
Birmingham - Cheltenham & Bristol
Birmingham - Coventry & London Euston
Birmingham - Derby & Nottingham
Birmingham - Kidderminster & Worcester
Birmingham - Leamington Spa
Birmingham - Leicester
Birmingham - Lichfield
Birmingham - Redditch & Worcester
Birmingham - Rugeley
Birmingham - Stratford-upon-Avon
Bristol - Exeter
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Crewe & Stoke - Wolverhampton & Birmingham
Derby & Nottingham - Bedford & London
Ipswich - Cambridge & Norwich
Leamington Spa - London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leicester - Cambridge
Lowestoft - Ipswich
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Norwich - Cambridge
Norwich - Great Yarmouth
Norwich - Lowestoft
Norwich - Sheringham
Nottingham - Grantham
Oxford - Bicester
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford

Please note: the notes and sketches are intended only to give a general impression, and should not be relied upon for more than that. Dudley Mall accepts no liability for errors, but will correct any significant ones notified to us through dudleymall@dudleymall.co.uk or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
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