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Extra CCTV facilities, re-opened platform toilets, new
information facilities and better waiting-room doors are among the
short-term improvements proposed by a working group set up by Metro
to look at Halifax Rail Station.
Other improvements planned by the group, whose members include
Northern Rail, Network Rail, the Railway Heritage Trust and
Calderdale Council, include replacement or refurbished entrance
signage and an agreement by Northern that it will store rubbish
away from customer areas.
The Group's initial meeting on Friday 19 April heard that
Northern had already improved the cleaning regime at the station
and that a deep clean of paintwork and other surfaces had been
Network Rail, the Group was told, is proposing to carry out
repairs to the approach road and the repainting of the bridge
parapet and Northern is looking at minor painting works to improve
the station's appearance. This will be ahead of the full repainting
programme, to be undertaken once any major works are completed.
Working Group members called upon Network Rail to bring forward
work on the platform canopy, which could include a complete
refurbishment, and the Railway Heritage Trust pledged financial
support for the project.
"I am pleased that we will be able to report progress in a
number of areas that will address the Halifax and District Rail
Action Group's concerns about the station," said John Henkel,
Metro's Director of Passenger Services.
"There are obviously some long-term issues which need to be
resolved, particularly in relation to the repair or replacement of
the canopy, but we are confident that the programme of short-term
improvements agreed at our first Working Group meeting will very
quickly make the station a better place to wait for and catch a
Mr Henkel went on to say that while the Halifax Station Working
Group had already held its first meeting, he anticipated other
bodies being invited to join the group if they are able to bring
practical ideas and potential funding to the table.