Berney Arms: Quietest rail stop sees eight-fold passenger rise

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Berney Arms successful Norfolk was utilized by conscionable 42 passengers successful the twelvemonth to 2020 but had a monolithic summation successful the pursuing 12 months

A railway presumption erstwhile dubbed the UK's quietest has seen rider numbers summation eight-fold aft the enactment serving it reopened.

Berney Arms successful Norfolk saw 348 passengers successful the twelvemonth to March, compared with 42 the erstwhile year.

It was the biggest year-on-year summation of immoderate UK station, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Travel vlogger Geoff Marshall said it was a "beautiful quirk of Britain's railway system".

Feras Alshaker, ORR manager of readying and performance, said the summation was "likely owed to railway enthusiasts taking the accidental to sojourn this presumption implicit the past year".

The lines serving Berney Arms were closed for astir of the play betwixt April 2019 and March 2020 owed to enactment to upgrade signalling.

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Berney Arms is the lone presumption connected its conception of the Greater Anglia network, defined arsenic a "limited work route"

Mr Marshall, whose video connected the station has been viewed much than 250,000 times, said it had ne'er been a engaged presumption but was adjacent to returning to pre-pandemic levels.

"It is served much connected weekends, which is an oddity, truthful it's a leisure destination," helium added.

The station, which is lone accessible connected foot, is simply a petition halt connected the enactment betwixt Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Much similar buses, passengers wanting to board astatine Berney Arms person to instrumentality an limb out, and to alight they indispensable "inform the conductor oregon the operator of your intentions successful bully time".

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Berney Arms Windmill is presently closed for attraction work

The presumption is adjacent to the River Yare and surrounded by the RSPB's Berney Marshes and Breydon Water reserve.

It was named aft a adjacent pub, which closed successful 2015 but precocious partially re-opened.

Also adjacent by is the Berney Arms Windmill, a Scheduled Ancient Monument nether the attraction of English Heritage.

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