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Now it’s all go – after 16 years!

Sowerby Bridges first railway station, opened 1840 , closed 1876

Sowerby Bridges first railway station, opened 1840 , closed 1876

Wood Terrace,

Halifax Road

Ripponden

It was all go at Sowerby Bridge station on October 1.

The National Railway Museum was there to collect station stories at a day-long event organised by the Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station in the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms (“Tales of lives spent on the rails”, Nostalgia, October 5)

There was also a slide show of old photographs of the railway passing through Sowerby Bridge, the loco shed, its stations, locomotives, signal boxes and cabins, warehouses and coal drops, plus operations and former structures along the Rishworth branch line, all courtesy of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society.

But before either of these public events had begun contractors had been busy taping off parts of the already inadequate station car park before the start of long-awaited works to extend the car park.

There has been a gap of a mere 16 years between phase two of the car park and the start of these works to provide the final(?) third phase. Available car parking space in the vicinity of the station is negligible after 8 am on weekdays since the opening of the new swimming baths on Station Road.

Throughout the last decade the station car park’s extension has featured every year in Metro’s list of capital projects, yet each year it has slipped into a new list of schemes to be started “next year”.

“Next year” has finally arrived. Four cheers for Metro!

John Myddelton

 

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