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Hunstanton to Lynn railway would be a positive boost for our area, Lynn News letters

By Lynn News Reporter

Let’s be positive.

The Hunstanton area has staggering potential, and I quite like the idea of some new vibrancy being injected into the community. A rebuilt railway (and actually a much improved A149 road alongside to complement it) will massively help North West Norfolk – which of course includes the large communities at Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham – punch above their weight.

With an average resident age of around 60 (nearly twice the national figure), it would be fair to describe Hunstanton as a town heading nowhere except over a cliff. Visit the town’s social clubs any weekday lunchtime, and you can witness a predominance of mealgoers in their late 80s and 90s, evidence enough.

Why does Mr Wheatley want tourists to be made unwelcome when they provide currently just about the only source of employment for what few youngsters we have left? Being able to access Cambridge and London easily for work by rail will encourage them to stay with us, and businesses will hopefully want to come back to us to tap this resident resource. Then we’re back on the way up.

Until this happens, care homes seem to be the only growth business, although there is already a recognised shortage of people to staff them.

Lynn Railway Station. (7627146)
Lynn Railway Station. (7627146)

If Mr Wheatley has his way, the only congestion on the main road in years to come will be caused by our sick and infirm being ferried to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Trains will get them much there faster, and probably save lives.

Mr Wheatley is disparaging with his word ‘toy’. How is it then that at least fifty towns in the UK, some already better off than Hunstanton, are currently clamouring to get their trains back? It’s time we got off our backsides and jostled ourselves to the front of the queue.

Howard Johnston



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