Day trippers to Norwich can now take the train
to the city and transfer to a boat for a sightseeing tour of the
city and the Broads.
City Boats have teamed up with Anglia Railways
to offer tourists a stress-free train journey, followed by a relaxing
day exploring the waterways, all on one ticket.
The idea for the Boat Train, which was officially
launched on Sunday 1 June, signals a new
partnership between City Boats and the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines
Community Rail Partnerships.
Stephen Maiden of the Wherry Lines Community said
the Boat Train was an enjoyable way to explore the city:
Windmill on the Norfolk Broads
"I think the biggest advantage is that it is completely
relaxed. You don’t have to worry about parking, you don’t have to
worry about traffic congestion, you can get straight on the train
at the local station and enjoy a very pleasant day out."
The cost of the return train journey together
with the boat cruise is included in the price of the ticket. Boats
leave from Station Quay opposite the Norwich railway station at
various times throughout the day.
Mervyn High who owns City Boats said there's a
range of different trips depending on your taste:
"You’ve got everything from a 35 minute trip through
the city’s bridges, you’ve also got a two hour tour to outer Thorpe
St Andrew and in the afternoon we have an afternoon tea cruise which
is three and a quarter hours out, at Surlingham Broad returning
The new Boat Train is seen
as an important way to attract visitors to the city. It is also
an opportunity to make greater use of the rivers.
Pulls Ferry in Norwich
Marketing director of the Norwich Area Tourism
Agency Geoff Skipper said it was an innovative way to encourage
more people out of their cars.
"We have this wonderful asset in the city
which we haven’t made enough use of and I think that is a starting
point," he said.
"It brings people in not in their cars, so
people can come by train from Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, from the
North Norfolk lines and go straight from the train onto a boat,"
The Boat Train aims to bring both the history and
the future of Norwich together. Geoff Skipper said it was an enjoyable
way to see the city:
"The great thing about the boat is that you
go one way and then you go back the other way so you can what ‘s
happening on the other side of the river, so you see the history
of Norwich and the development that’s going on at the moment."