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Coronavirus testing takes place at railway car park

PUBLISHED: 08:46 30 June 2020 | UPDATED: 08:46 30 June 2020

A Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Railway

A Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Railway

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The Mid-Norfolk Railway is hosting a Covid-19 testing station in the car park of Dereham station.

A Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk RailwayA Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Railway

A military team from 7 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, is operating the station on behalf of the NHS, testing members of the public who have booked tests via the NHS website.

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Charlie Robinson, chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, said: “The railway is, we believe, an important part of the local community and we want to play our full part. This will include helping to regenerate the local economy as we all look to the future.”

The railway is hoping to reopen in August.

A Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk RailwayA Covid-19 testing station has been set up in the car park of the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Railway

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George Saville, the railway’s general manager, added: “We were very pleased, when the call came to be able to assist the NHS at this time. It might only be in a small way, but it is important to all of us at the railway that we can play our part.”

“Currently as part of our reopening plans, we have had a very successful ticket sale launch for the Polar Express and this will also show the railway is playing its part in helping to revive the local economy at this difficult time for everyone.”


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