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Greater Anglia set to demolish listed buildings to make way for car park

PUBLISHED: 09:18 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:35 20 July 2019

Attleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Attleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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A train operator has applied to knock down two Grade II listed buildings at a Norfolk train station to make way for parking spaces and ticket machines.

Attleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture:  ANTONY KELLYAttleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Greater Anglia, which has recently invested more than £1.5bn in new trains, has applied to Breckland Council to demolish two unused buildings at Attleborough train station, on Station Road.

Currently the land has 30 parking spaces but Greater Anglia has said the work, if approved, will allow the site to be used to its maximum potential with 81 spaces and five disabled parking bays.

The documents, submitted to Breckland Council's website, said: "The two buildings which we are proposing to demolish are towards the north of Attleborough car park. Both have been disused for a number of years and are in poor state of repair.

"It is necessary to demolish both of these buildings as neither of them have any significant use to the station. Both of these buildings are in a bad state of repair with no historical significance."

Attleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture:  ANTONY KELLYAttleborough train station is set for a host of improvements. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: "We want our passengers to have the best experience when travelling with us, which is why we have we have submitted plans to improve Attleborough railway station.

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"Our plans include redeveloping the car park to increase the number of spaces from 30 to 86 and installing new lighting, CCTV and ticket machines.

"Plans were submitted to the council this week and we await the planning committee's decision."

Work has recently been completed at the train station to restore the former station house, which the operator hopes will be taken over by a community venture.

Greater Anglia spent £177,000 on the work, which started in 2018.

The investment into the train station comes after Greater Anglia filed a planning application to increase the car park size at Brandon train station, in Suffolk.

It follows a long-running issue over the survival of the former Brandon signal box, which National Rail has planned to knock down since 2016.

Despite the works by Greater Anglia taking place in the autumn, the signal box will remain standing for at least another year.

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