Major improvements to Bure Valley Path

A major £850,000 improvement project is taking place along the walking and cycling route that follows the Bure Valley Railway line from Aylsham to Hoveton.

Initial work, which includes the resurfacing and widening of paths, will be carried out at six points – at Aylsham Station, Burgh Road crossing, Buxton Station, Coltishall Station, Belaugh Road crossing and Wroxham Station.

Other work will make new habitats for wildlife, create railway heritage features and waymark new circular walks.

The project, which has begun and will run until the end of March, is being led by Norfolk County Council part of the EU-funded EXPERIENCE project to promote off-season tourism.

The council has allocated £587,789 of money from the fund, awarded before Brexit, to the Bure Valley Path and there is an additional contribution of £259,124 from the Greater Norwich Growth Board.

Lana Hempsall, Norfolk County Council Member Champion for Sustainable Transport, said: “These improvements will entice more visitors to The Broads and showcase the railway heritage of the Bure Valley Railway. 

“Developing new experiences draws in visitors all year round and extending choices for attractive nature walks or cycling can help avoid the overcrowding at some of the more popular tourism spots at busy times of the year.  This type of sustainable tourist offer, for both local people and visitors to our lovely county, will help to support Norfolk businesses and contribute to our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral as an authority by 2030.”

Broadland District Council will work on the green infrastructure improvements and the authority’s portfolio holder for economic development, Jo Copplestone, said: “The pandemic has shown us how important it is for us all to spend time in the fresh air. This project will open up a new gateway to The Broads National Park and the improvements will deliver better entry and exit points for individuals that have access needs. There will be five circular path routes for people to enjoy, with directional signage and heritage information about the Bure Valley.”

INVESTMENT: Improvements will be made to the path running alongside the Bure Valley Railway.
PICTURE: Andy Stanfield

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