Railways - Trains would be unprofitable
THERE has been a lot of talk of late about reinstating the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton rail link. One gentleman said that Hunstanton is not getting the amount of people coming to it as it should, the reason being that the A149 is the only main road link and is always congested, especially on a Sunday in the summer months.
In 1945, 10.135 visitors came into Hunstanton on the August bank holiday Monday by train. Then the next year the Hunstanton to King’s Lynn road was reported to be the second busiest road in the country on Sundays in the summer, the busiest road being from London to Brighton. The reason being that people like their independence and they don’t want to start out or come home at a given time.
In the 1940s, 50s and 60s if you came to Hunstanton by road you had to come through King’s Lynn, Castle Rising, Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham. You also had to put up with a lot of corners and twists and turns like Onion Corner, the Eight-Milestone Corner, Jolly’s Corner, Teapot Corner, Wheatsheaf Corner and Redgate Hill. But still the people preferred to travel by car.
Therefore by 1969 the car parks in Hunstanton were taking in over 100,000 cars in the summer season and the railway was losing money so it had to shut down.
If we did get our railway back it wouldl never make money as people would still rather use the congested A149 to get top sunny Hunny, especially when it’s sunny.
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