Rail station shares in £100m pot

Sharing in �100m pot - Hebden Bridge Railway Station
Sharing in �100m pot - Hebden Bridge Railway Station

Hebden Bridge Railway Station is one of just two in West Yorkshire which will share in a £100 million grant jackpot, the Government has revealed.

The money is being made available to the stations to improve access for disabled passengers, Rail Minister Baroness Kramer announced this week.

Hebden Bridge and Garforth station, near Leeds, will benefit from improved access into the stations and between the platforms as part of the Access for All scheme. Previous work under the scheme has included improvements such as new ramps, lifts or tactile paving.

Local councillor, Janet Battye (Liberal Democrat, Calder) has welcomed the announcement. She said: “I’m delighted to hear that, after years of campaigning by local people including especially the Sustainable Transport group and Hebden Bridge Partnership, the government is at last making a real investment in helping people with disabilities and limited mobility. This will allow more people to make more use of our invaluable and well-used train service. It’s now down to Network Rail to get on with designing and organising the work”.