Passengers want update

Friends of Sowerby Bridge station group formed with aim to brighten and clean up the tired looking station.
Friends of Sowerby Bridge station group formed with aim to brighten and clean up the tired looking station.
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TRAIN travellers are campaigning for vital improvements to Sowerby Bridge railway station.

As the town’s population has soared, so has the number of commuters – who now say the station needs better facilities.

Regular passenger Peter Ludlam said: “There are large sections of the roof missing on the inside waiting area on platform two.

“During this time the perfectly serviceable roof panels on the subway between the platforms have been taken out and replaced and new lighting installed.

“Yet nothing has been done to repair the passenger shelter area.” Passengers also want to see information screens and toilets installed at the station.

Network Rail and Northern Rail said they were working together to resolve the roof issue.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: We have a meeting with Northern Rail in the next couple of weeks and we will be discussing this then.”

A spokeswoman for Northern Rail said there were no plans for toilets but display screens could be on the cards.

“We are trialling a low-cost version of display screens which, if successful, could be rolled out to stations that do not currently have a system in place,” she said.

“We will also be repainting the platform areas of Sowerby Bridge station, which will be done by the summer.”

The Courier previously reported how new voluntary group Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station plan to tranform the town’s station with a fish pond, sculptures and allotments.

Chris Wright, group convenor, said he wanted to make the station a “gateway to the town” and boost civic pride.

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