The Bittern Line connects the city of Norwich with the coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham. Its name recognises a local bird, which has a distinctive booming call. A regular service operates along the route which has been described as ‘one of the 50 most scenic lines in the world’.
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The Bittern Line serves the following 10 stations:
- Hoveton and Wroxham
- North Walsham
- Roughton Road
- West Runton
The line carries some freight operated by GB Railfreight including gas condensate from a terminal at North Walsham to Harwich.
The Bittern Line was designated as a community rail line by the Department for Transport in September 2007. The designation includes the passenger service from Norwich to Sheringham and the line between Whitlingham Junction and Sherringham. Apart from Norwich, all stations on the route are part of the designation.
Network Rail strategic route plan
The Bittern Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s East Anglia (D) strategic route plan.
The Bittern Line is supported by the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership which was formed in July 1996. Along with the Wherry Lines this now falls under the one management umbrella of Community Rail Norfolk, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee formed in 2011.