A £2 million heritage-style refurbishment of Lynn railway station is complete and transporting passengers back to the 1950s.
The Grade II listed station has seen the installation of British Railways signs, Great Eastern Railway inspired benches and vintage-style lanterns.
Modernisation has come with the installation of automatic doors at the entrance to the booking hall – something disability campaigners have spent a number of years calling for – and the introduction of LED lighting throughout the building and on the platforms.
Andy Tyler, Secretary of Fen Line Users’ Association, said: “The heritage-inspired renovation gives passengers and the town itself a rail gateway to be really proud of.”
Community groups, including Fen Line Users’ Association, helped shape the station’s colour scheme, which reflects the livery of Great Eastern’s steam trains as Lynn served as a terminus for the Great Eastern Railway in Victorian times. Gold highlights indicate Lynn’s role as a royal station.
Norfolk-based foundry East Coast Casting supplied 10 new heritage-style royal blue benches. The design of the benches and other aspects of the project were assisted by rail enthusiast Richard Brown, who restored and lives in the former royal station at Wolferton.
Keith Jipps, First Capital Connect customer service director, said:“The station refurbishment has been one of our biggest projects and we are delighted that the local community has played such a big part in it.
“This project originally supposed to be a simple rewiring of the station; however through extra funding we have been able to increase the scope and give King’s Lynn passengers and Norfolk a unique station they can be proud of.”