Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Norwich

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 15 September 2012

It’s that time again. Finally I get the chance to venture away from London to watch football and start yet another tour of the country. Tiring though it can be at times to trek here there and everywhere, it does give me a buzz, especially when it’s somewhere I haven’t been in a while. I will say that, having been to all but two of this year’s stadia in the Premier League, it is less fun going to away games when you’ve been to them a million times. Which is why today’s trip was somewhat more fun, as it was to a place I last went to on our glorious run to the 2006 FA Cup Final, namely Norwich City.

Date: 15th September 2012
Stadium: Carrow Road
Capacity: 27,220
Attendance: 26,806
Away Section: Jarrold Stand
Score: Norwich City 0-0 West Ham United
Nearest station: Norwich
Local rozzers: Norfolk Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £41.10 (2 x  Off-Peak Day Returns; 1 x Oyster PAYG Single)

Rail journeys:
08:02 – Canada Water to Highbury & Islington (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
Victoria Line – Highbury & Islington to Kings Cross St Pancras (2009 Stock)
08:45 – London Kings Cross to Cambridge (First Capital Connect Class 365 Networker)
10:12 – Cambridge to Norwich (Greater Anglia Class 170 Turbostar)
15:35 – Norwich to Cambridge (Greater Anglia Class 170 Turbostar)
17:04 – Cambridge to Tottenham Hale (Greater Anglia Class 317)
Victoria Line – Tottenham Hale to Blackhorse Road (2009 Stock)
18:21 – Blackhorse Road to Barking (London Overground Class 172 Turbostar)
18:47 – Barking to London Fenchurch Street (c2c Class 357 Electrostar)
19:24 – London Cannon Street to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)

Station to Stadium: Getting to Carrow Road from the railway station genuinely couldn’t be easier, as you can see the floodlights on the left hand side of the train as you pull slowly into the platform. Upon leaving the ornate station building, simply turn left and head towards the Norwich Ring Road and the Riverside Entertainment Centre. It’s a 5-7 minute walk around the ring road, or slightly longer through the entertainment complex and retail park until you reach the neat little ground.

Anything else?: As with several cities, Norwich had a Victoria station and, as with many cities, Norwich Victoria has long sinced closed. The present Norwich station used to be called Norwich Thorpe.

Norwich railway station

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  1. Richard@ Norwich recycling said, on 18 September 2012 at 9:00 am

    Norwich itself if a beautiful city and the Capital of Norfolk- it’s the largest city in the County. Although not a footy fan, I reckon the city has a seriously nice charm about it

  2. Claire said, on 23 September 2012 at 2:07 am

    What a long day! And what a lot of journeys there were! Do you not list bus journeys? Did you get a bus to Canada Water?

    So a lot of cities once had Victoria stations, did they? I didn’t know that. Why have so many of them closed? This is quite interesting.


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