Clock may be turned back at train station

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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RAIL passengers may soon be enjoying a more colourful commute under a voluntary group’s plans to tranform Sowerby Bridge station.

The newly-formed Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station want to make over what they describe as “the gateway to the town” and boost civic pride. A fish pond, sculptures, allotments and even beehives could be on the cards if their vision is fulfilled.

I love Sowerby Bridge

I love Sowerby Bridge

Group convener Chris Wright, of the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, said: “We feel this is the gateway to the town. There are a lot of people who come through here and we want it to look right.

“We’ve come together purely for the TLC of the station and the area around it.”

There used to be a fish pond on land near the railway in the 1960s, according to the group.

“It was filled with carp and there were ornamental gardens around it,” said Mr Wright.

“It was superb. We’d like to, if we can, recreate that.

“We’ve talked about putting some allotments in place where we could perhaps grow some greens, beehives where honey could be gathered from, and some bird-feeders.

“It’s a railway station so it is busy with a lot of noise but it can also be quite peaceful as well and there is a lot of wildlife around.”

Other ideas include swapping the existing signs with vintage-style ones and replacing the phone box with a traditional red kiosk.

Wooden seating could be installed on the platforms and a station clock put up.

The group also hopes to attract someone who can oversee applications for grants and is welcoming support from local businesses.

“We’re going to need some serious funding, but with us being a voluntary group it does open a lot of doors,” said Mr Wright.

The Friends are also keen to hear from anyone with information about the station’s past– particularly any historic photographs.

Clean-ups will be held this Saturday and next Saturday from 9am till 12. And the next meeting, at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, will be on March 14 at 7.30pm.

lWhat do you think of the vision for Sowerby Bridge station? Email yoursay@halifax