Roughton Road Railway Station
Roughton Road was opened on 20 May 1985, to serve the new housing developments in the area. It is on the southern edge of Cromer, near the junction for the disused Cromer Tunnel leading to the former Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway line, about 200 yards (183 m) from the site of the former Cromer High station.
Cromer has had a rail service since 1877. It was served by three railway stations for many years, and is now served by two. Cromer Beach station, which opened in 1887, was renamed Cromer following the closure of the other early stations.
The layout of the four Cromer railway station can be seen below; the Great Eastern Railway (GER) lines are in red, the extant section of the M&GNJR line in blue and the disused M&GNJR line to Mundesley in yellow.
Cromer High, on the outskirts of the town, was opened in 1877 as the terminus of the Great Eastern Railway main line from London. It was followed in 1887 by Cromer Beach station, on the rural Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR). Cromer Links Halt railway station, on the little-used and now closed Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway line to North Walsham via Overstrand and Mundesley, was opened in 1923.
Following a reduction in traffic caused by Cromer's decline in popularity as a holiday destination after World War II, and the closure of many Norfolk railway lines in the 1950s, a decision was made to concentrate all passenger traffic into a single station. Although Cromer High had far better facilities, it was inconveniently situated on the edge of the town. Therefore, all passenger services were diverted into Cromer Beach (renamed Cromer) and the other stations closed. Growth in the area as a commuter town to Norwich, meant a second station was again required.
The station is unstaffed and consists of a single platform. Despite this the station is looked after and tended flower beds are alongside the platform (see photo below).
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