The Norfolk Trails team have been out working with the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project to reclaim the old railway platform on the site of where Hellesdon Station once stood. The platform sits alongside Marriott’s Way and had been long forgotten about. Trees had begun to grow out of the brickwork and the platform was entirely covered by ivy. It was completely unrecognisable as a railway platform with only a corner of it visible amongst all the vegetation. Last autumn, The Trails team removed some of the trees that were growing on and in front of the platform to prevent them from causing further damage to the brickwork. The platform was completely uncovered and became much more recognisable.
This summer, work on the platform recommenced, which involved scraping back all of the vegetation growing on the platform surface and relaying and re-pointing the brickwork that had become damaged from the tree growth. A gravel surface was laid down on the platform and the final finishing touch was the installation of a bench and a replica Hellesdon Station sign on the platform. It is now much easier to visualise how the station would have looked when it was in use.
The hard work put into the project was celebrated with an open day in June, which showed off the platform work and also allowed people from the local community to get involved with a number of led walks, cycle rides, biodiversity searches and information gathering about the project. Over 150 people enjoyed the day and gave some great feedback on the platform work that had been carried out.