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East Suffolk Lines CRP connects local community with its railway history

A new information board illustrating the history of Saxmundham Station has been unveiled.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (CRP) funded the project after station adopter volunteer Sally Ford came up with the idea.

The large board, installed on an outside wall near the station entrance, displays information about the development of the local railway and the history of the station building, including its role in the Second World War up to the present day, when the building was extensively refurbished after a fire.

Thalia Rushmore, Community Rail Officer for the East Suffolk Lines CRP, said: “We wanted to provide some interesting information about the history of the station to help connect people with it and provide some insight into the role it has played in the town throughout the years.”

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Community and Customer Engagement Manager, said: “Many of our railway station building hail from the Victorian era and have a great deal of heritage and history, the knowledge of which could be lost to time without great community projects like this, which are helping to remind people of the important role the railway has played in the development of our region’s towns and villages.

“I’d like to thank the Community Rail Partnership and the adopters at the station for facilitating this project.”

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the East Suffolk Lines CRP via their website.