Guidance

Wherry community rail lines

Community rail line services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft.

Documents

Wherry Lines: prospectus

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Wherry Lines: map

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Details

The Wherry Lines run from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft passing through The Broads. The name of the line is taken from the Norfolk wherries. The wherries played an important role in the transport of goods and people around the broads before road and rail transport became widespread.

Route data

Region East
Locale Norfolk
Stations 14
Length 24 miles
Journey time About 33 / 45 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date February 2007
Partnership Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Management Community Rail Norfolk
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia

The lines comprise 3 routes serving the following 14 stations:

  • Acle
  • Berney Arms
  • Brundall
  • Brundall Gardens
  • Buckenham
  • Cantley
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Haddiscoe
  • Lingwood
  • Lowestoft
  • Norwich
  • Oulton Broad North
  • Reedham
  • Somerleyton

Route 1

  • Norwich
  • Brundall Gardens
  • Brundall
  • Buckenham
  • Cantley
  • Reedham
  • Berney Arms
  • Great Yarmouth

Route 2

  • Norwich
  • Brundall Gardens
  • Brundall
  • Lingwood
  • Acle
  • Great Yarmouth

Route 3

  • Norwich
  • Brundall Gardens
  • Brundall
  • Buckenham
  • Cantley
  • Reedham
  • Haddiscoe
  • Somerleyton
  • Oulton Broad North
  • Lowestoft

Community rail designation

The Wherry Lines were designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in February 2007. The designation covers the passenger services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft. Apart from Norwich, all stations listed fall within the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Wherry Lines have been identified as rural routes within Network Rail’s East Anglia (D) strategic route plan.

The Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership

The Wherry Lines are supported by the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership which was formed in 1996. Along with the Bittern Line they now fall under the one management umbrella of Community Rail Norfolk, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee formed in 2011.

Published 2 October 2007