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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sheringham station’s new platform ‘adopted’ by volunteer

Sheringham rail station, Norfolk, should be a brighter place in future as it has been adopted by a volunteer who plans to enhance the town’s new train platform with flowers.

Greater Anglia has worked with volunteer Sheila McGinley to install three wooden planters which she will fill with attractive plants. The planters replace the old station garden, which was unfortunately lost when the platform needed to be extended to accommodate Greater Anglia’s new fleet of trains.

More than £1 million was invested in the project to extend the station, which has seen improved LED lighting and a new, bigger and better customer shelter installed.

Passengers with luggage, buggies and those using wheelchairs all benefit from the improved facilities – both at the station and on the new trains, which have lower floors and a sliding step at every door which bridges the gap between the train and platform, making it easier to get on and off with wheelchairs, buggies or heavy luggage.

The new trains are also longer, with more seats, plug and USB sockets, better passenger information screens, separate wheelchair and cycle areas, air conditioning and fast free Wi-Fi.

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s customer and community engagement manager, said, “I’m pleased that we have been able to work with Sheila to bring some attractive floral displays back to Sheringham station, to help provide a more welcoming environment to everyone who uses the station.”

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