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Letter of the week

PUBLISHED: 09:47 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:19 05 July 2010

MR Nunn wrote in The Journal (December 19) that he thinks Lowestoft rail station is an eyesore.

I must agree with him, it does in its present condition because it has been neglected.

MR Nunn wrote in The Journal (December 19) that he thinks Lowestoft rail station is an eyesore.

I must agree with him, it does in its present condition because it has been neglected.

Maybe a little bit of history will change his mind regarding our “very central” railway station.

It was built in 1855 by Lucas Brothers, who, in 1860 also built the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore and the Covent Garden Opera House.

In Lowestoft they rebuilt Somerleyton Hall and were responsible for St John's church, the Esplanade and several hotels plus the Norwich to Lowestoft railway line.

So their building, the Railway Station must, in my opinion, be preserved.

Suggestions have been made to move it further along the line but that would be cost prohibitive.

Lowestoft has been described as being isolated to move the station would make it more so. How would visitors to the town get in? By bus or taxi, I don't think so.

As I see it the perfect solution would be for it to be purchased privately or by Waveney District Council and transformed to its former glory.

It must be kept for its historical background and its central position. It is in a superb position to be transformed into the Tourist Information Bureau adjacent to the railway terminus.

JOHN CLARKE

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