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Work on a £3.3m project funded by Metro is underway.
Northern and Network Rail to improve customer information services
at 43 West Yorkshire rail stations.
Starting at Ilkley, stations will initially be converted at the
rate of one per week.
"While each station is being upgraded, there will be no
passenger announcements or customer information screens," said
Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves. "But once the conversion has
taken place, passengers will benefit from up-to-the-minute train
running information with digital links between audible and visual
system, together with new amplifiers to improve the quality of
"Metro's yournextbus service has shown us that passengers value
the convenience of accurate, timely information, and this project
brings the same benefits to rail users."
Older information screens at stations will be replaced with new
hi-tech screens to provide much more reliable and visible train
information. The project will also fund additional screens at a
number of stations including Bradford Interchange, Bradford Forster
Square, Skipton and Ilkley.
The new information screens are due to be completed by March
2009 and the PA installations completed by June 2009.
Steve Butcher, Area Director, Northern Rail said: "One of our
top priorities is to improve how we communicate with our customers.
These new and improved systems will make a big difference to many
thousands of customers every day."
Warrick Dent, Area General Manager for Network Rail, added:
"Good communications are essential to allow passengers to complete
their journeys with the minimum fuss. As landlord for the stations
we are very pleased to see this scheme coming to fruition."
Stations set to benefit from improvements to Customer
Information Screens and Public Address systems:
Stations to receive new Public Address equipment:
Dated: 5 January 2009