Cost of Lynn to Hunstanton railway would be £200 million, Lynn News letters
Mr Howard Johnston claims it would cost £2 million a year for the next 50 years or, to put it another way, £100 million to restore it, impossible! Would this be left over after operating costs? How many people are expected to use this line annually?
Tracks and signalling for 15 miles would be £67 million and the 15 level crossings required would be another £60 million as they are £4 million a go. This is before any land has been purchased, stations built, fencing, planning, designing and administration costs. There would also be legal challenges from those issued compulsory purchase orders.
Mr Johnston claims it will ease congestion on the A149. Not true as it would have to cross the Dersingham bypass twice in order to serve Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham, unless bridges or tunnels can be put there, it will make it worse. The traffic problem predates the closure of the railway. The traffic argument does not hold up.
Mr Johnston claims it could potentially save lives as it could connect Lynn Railway Station with the hospital in seven minutes. Someone gravely ill in Hunstanton would not be put on a train to Lynn and then taken from the station to the hospital. This is just ridiculous, it does raise the question though, have lives been lost since its closure?
Mr Johnston also argued it will help halt the exodus of young people leaving North West Norfolk, I do not understand how having a rail link will do this as Hunstanton’s only industries are tourism, care and retirement. There is not the earning potential in Hunstanton hence why young people leave there.
I have seen this campaign come and go for years, what I have not seen ever is a business plan, a route plan or a costing plan put forward. This is a major project to undertake with costs in excess of £200 million and needs a thorough and serious approach not figures pulled out of thin air or case that involves saving lives built on fantasy.