Project information

Holt Railway Extension

Fund the purchase of land necessary for the extension of the North Norfolk Railway into the town of Holt.

The aims are to develop green tourism, provide public transport for strong environmental reasons, preserve and restore historic artifacts and foster education in railway history.

May 2013 - February 2014

Charity information: The Melton Constable Trust

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  • Need


    The North Norfolk Railway currently serves the significant town of Sheringham, where it has a connection with the Network Rail route to Norwich but, at its other end, stops at a remote location a mile short of the town of Holt. For both the development of public transport and existing heritage/tourist services it is very important for the railway to reach this destination where it can ultimately provide a park and ride service for the resorts of Sheringham and Cromer and connection to Norwich.


    The crucial thing is to secure the land necessary for the extension before it is lost. Some is privately owned and some publicly. Agreement to sell has been reached with the private owner and in principal agreement with the public one.

    Following the recent reconnection of the line to Network Rail at Sheringham, this will be a further step towards the gradual development of the Norfolk Orbital Railway.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase the land necessary for the extension of the North Norfolk Railway's route into Holt.


    » Buy the land. Professional studies have already been completed into the route's potential and the technical feasibility of the extension.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... The purchase of the necessary land, thus securing it against other development and providing the basis for the technical work of the extension

  • Impact


    Extension of the North Norfolk Railway's heritage/tourist service to a much more viable and useful destination. The consequent enhanced promotion of green tourism in an area heavily dependent economically on tourism. The eventual provision of environmentally friendly public transport under community ownership first locally and, ultimately, by through services to Network Rail and Mid Norfolk Railway routes.


    Lack of potential for the railway. - Dealt with by professional studies of the traffic and revenue potential of the sections of the orbital route.

    The extension might be technically unfeasible. - Dealt with by professional engineering study and ongoing central involvement of a volunteer high level professional railway engineer.

    Possibility of relationship problems with the North Norfolk Railway. - Dealt with by existing written agreement.


    Progress towards and completion of the land purchase will be reported.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £140,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Private land Purchase of the privately owned part of the route, which will be major advance by itself.
      £40,000 Publicly owned land A second stage of land purchase.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    D.C.Bill £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The railway extension will run from the North Norfolk Railway's present terminus at the small village of High Kelling into the town and major shopping centre of Holt. Holt is also the location of a well known school.


    The people of Holt and Sheringham, especially younger and older people who need public transport access to larger towns.

    Tourists able to use car free transport to access destinations and to enjoy a railway heritage experience.

    The local economy, especially shopping, accommodation and local holiday attractions.

    The environment and those who care about it.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our trustees were founders of the North Norfolk Railway. Subsequently we have accumulated a great deal of experience at high level in local government and in the management and funding of other charitable projects. The Melton Constable Trust has a written agreement with the North Norfolk Railway covering the extension and its use. It has commissioned the professional traffic potential and engineering studies and undertaken all land purchase negotiations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Derek Haynes

    Financial manager. Derek is a financial expert who works professionally for KPMG.

    Trevor Bailey

    Trevor Bailey has forty years experience of rural economic and community work and has run and funded charities for nearly 30 years.

    Bob Wright

    Bob is a high level railway engineer with long British Rail experience and currently working for May Gurney. Engineer to the project.

    David Bill, MBE

    Long term member of County and District Councils and former County Council Chairman (outside Norfolk). Negotiations with public land owners.