Osborne Brings the Past up to Date
Osborne has completed a heritage-style refurbishment at King’s Lynn Station in Norfolk.
The work, jointly funded by Network Rail and First Capital Connect, required modern technology whilst keeping its Victorian appearance. All platforms have been resurfaced, the concourse area, waiting room, ticket office and customer information desk have all been repainted, along with canopies and columns. The ticket office has a new floor and a new glazed roof.
The heritage style refurbishment, taking passengers back to the 1950’s, has been in keeping with the station’s Grade II heritage status with the installation of British Railways signs, Great Eastern Railway inspired benches and vintage-style lanterns as well as the station being painted royal blue and cream.
The project team have also worked closely with local community groups, including the Fen Line Users’ Association, to agree a colour scheme which dates back to the Victorian era when King’s Lynn served as a terminus for the Great Eastern Railway. The colour scheme of navy, cream and red reflects the livery of Great Eastern’s steam trains, while gold highlights will be used to indicate King’s Lynn’s role as a royal station. Station signs have been replaced with signs in the style of 1950s British Railway ‘totems’.
The station was first opened in 1846. The current station building was constructed in 1871, and is part of the Royal Family’s route to and from Sandringham.