Station work gets seal of approval

Rail company representatives and others look at the improvements to Halifax train station.'From the left, councillor James Lewis, chairman of the Integrated Transport Authority, councillor David Hardy, chairman of economy and the environment, strategic team group contractor Richard Marshall, Karen Poole from Network Rail and Dtephen Hind from Network Rail and CEO of Northern Rail Steve Butcher.
Rail company representatives and others look at the improvements to Halifax train station.'From the left, councillor James Lewis, chairman of the Integrated Transport Authority, councillor David Hardy, chairman of economy and the environment, strategic team group contractor Richard Marshall, Karen Poole from Network Rail and Dtephen Hind from Network Rail and CEO of Northern Rail Steve Butcher.
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AGENCIES responsible for nearly £3 million worth of improvements to Halifax Station came together this week to inspect the work.

Steve Butcher, Northern Rail’s chief operating officer, said: “More than 5,000 journeys are made through Halifax every day and customers can enjoy a much more modern look and feel to the building, as well as vast improvements to the facilities such as toilets and the waiting area.”

Metro chairman James Lewis said more work could follow.

“Millions have been spent on West Yorkshire stations through the National Station Improvement Plan but that won’t stop us and our partners bidding for more funds to make improvements when the opportunity arises.”

Councillor Lewis, from Leeds, said Metro, Northern and Network Rail had worked together on the Halifax station scheme which inculdes a full refurbishment of the waiting area, a new glass facade and entrance, a passenger toilet, cycle storage, information screens, CCTV, new signs and the remodelling of the station car park.

Platform glazing, supporting columns and the footbridge were brought up to standard with the help of funding from the Rail Heritage Trust.