Visiting West Norfolk for the London Olympics 2012
The best of the best of the world’s athletes assemble for the Olympic
Games in summer 2012 and this major sporting event is to be hosted in
Making Norfolk your base for visiting the London Olympic Games is a great choice as transportation to London from Norfolk could not be easier.
Travel routes to London include: trains from King's Lynn to London Kings Cross takes less than two hours and there is a direct connection from St Pancras Station, via the new bullet train service, The Javelin®, to get to Stratford International in just 7 minutes. Take the train from King's Lynn to see your Olympic events and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Make the most of the excitement and atmosphere of a premiere sporting event and then at the end of a memorable day leave a congested London behind and relax on the train back to tranquil West Norfolk.
Don't forget that as well as the Coasthopper bus service between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton, the stopping bus services make important visitor attraction links too. The Hunstanton Line buses (numbered 10 and 11) link the two towns via the villages of Dersingham, Snettisham and Heacham, and the 11 also links the area to Sandringham Visitor Centre (for the house and gardens and other attractions) and Castle Rising. Buses run every 20 minutes on the combined 10 and 11 service, but of these only one an hour runs on the 11 runs via Sandringham and Castle Rising. On Sundays from April 2012 the combined frequency of buses will be every 30 minutes, one an hour via Sandringham and Castle Rising.
Daily travel to London and back from Hunstanton, Heacham, Dersingham and Snettisham is easy and convenient (except on Sundays). As at 1 Dec 2011, the first bus from Hunstanton meets the London train to get you to Kings Cross for 9.45am and the last train departure back from King’s Cross with a connecting bus to Hunstanton is the 9.15pm (8.45pm on Saturday evenings). Please note that the train timetable changes routinely in December and June. Bus time tables are scheduled to change on 1 April 2012 for summer 2012.
So why not break up your visit to the Olympics with some relaxing days discovering the joys of West Norfolk too – London is closer to West Norfolk than you think.
Some points to consider when deciding where to base yourself for your London 2012 experience:
- There is no access by car to the London 2012 Games.
- The organisers plan for 100% of spectators to get to the Games by public transport - the aim is to be the greenest games ever.
- The majority of spectators will travel to the Games by rail.
- Norfolk County Council will provide extra Park & Ride sites to connect with trains on the Kings Lynn and Norwich to London lines.
- Travellers will be able to park their cars and join shuttle buses to some stations en route.
- Stratford Regional, Stratford International and West Ham are the three gateway stations that will serve the Olympic Park.
- Stratford Regional links directly with the Norwich-London rail route.
- Stratford International links with the Kings Lynn-London route. During the Games, The Javelin® high speed bullet train service will run from St Pancras International to Stratford International in just 7 minutes. It will then be just a few hundred metres walk to the Olympic Park.
- Tickets to the games will include free travel on London public transport for the day of your ticket.
- Allow 30 minutes from gateway stations to your sporting venue.
For more information about visiting Norfolk during the London Olympics in 2012 please also see the Visit Norfolk 2012 website