Small stations to get latest train news

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FOUR Calderdale train stations are among 18 in the region to benefit for a £600,000 project to provide up-to-date information screens.

Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden stations are included in the partnership scheme between Metro, West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Northern Rail.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) said Halifax and Brighouse stations already had the screens and the investment brought the Calder Valley up-to-date.

“The screens are a good aid and very much welcome. If you can look up and see when trains are coming you are not waiting in anticipation,” he said.

Richard Allan, Assistant area director for Northern Rail, said: “We know our passengers want and need more information at smaller stations and we can now provide them with that thanks to this project.

“We are currently in the application stages to achieve funding for another 22 stations across the region so we can bring these advantages to even more of our customers.”

Once installed, the new screens will give the latest train information.

Metro chairman Coun James Lewis said passengers had asked for more screens.

“We know from the work done in 2009 on the initial 43 stations in West Yorkshire, and from users of Metro’s yournextbus service, that passengers value the convenience of accurate, timely information.

“And this project brings the same benefits to rail users,” he said.

Councillor Hardy said he also wanted to see an upgrading of the signalling programme on the Caldervale line.