The cafe is due to arrive at?

Halifax Train Station
Halifax Train Station

THE prospect of a quick brew in a Halifax Train Station cafe is still no nearer.

Despite significant improvements at the station passengers still have no cafe or shop.

Halifax and District Rail Action Group has been campaigning for a fixed retail unit so people can sit with a drink or buy snacks while waiting for trains.

There is often a mobile drinks van on the station forecourt but that only offers a limited service to the thousands of people who use the station.

Last September rail chiefs visited to celebrate the completion of a £2 million improvement scheme which included a new ticket office, waiting rooms and for the first time in many years a public toilet.

They said negotiations with a potential retail operator were at an advanced state.

But, little progress has been made.

A Northern Rail spokesperson said: “We’re still in negotiations with regard to the cafe at Halifax Station and I’m sorry we don’t have more of an update at this time.”

The action group said stations catering with far fewer passengers had cafes on the premises or close by.

During 2009/10 nearly 1.5 million passengers used the 150-year-old Halifax Station.

It used to have a snack shop but it closed when builders moved in to refurbish the waiting room and install the toilet.