Great Yarmouth Station is located across the River Bure around half a mile from the town centre, and previously connected only via the busy Acle New Road Bridge. The historic and visually distinctive truss-arched Vauxhall Bridge carried road vehicles until the 1950s and trains until the 1970s, after which it fell into disrepair. Offering a much more direct route between the station and town, Vauxhall Bridge was restored for pedestrian and cycle use in 2013.
The wider area, including the station forecourt has more recently undergone further works as part of a £700k scheme designed to improve links to the town centre, to help increase footfall and encourage more people to use rail links in the area. Funded by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with central government, the scheme has delivered new pick-up and drop-off points, extended cycle parking provision and a new paving design that features an inscribed poem by a local writer.
Hard surfaces predominate on the forecourt, with little opportunity for any in-ground planting beds. Norfolk County Council’s landscape architects chose RailRoad planters to introduce some welcome greenery to the area, combined with integrated Delta form seating modules to encourage use of the outside space as a meeting point and rest area for people awaiting train arrivals and departures.