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Passengers using Huddersfield station have better access
and facilities after improvements were completed by Network Rail
and First TransPennine Express.
Network Rail has installed two new lifts to provide step-free
access links between the subway and platforms. They will also have
CCTV and telephone links. A new flight of stairs to platform one
has also been completed.
Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: "I warmly welcome this
announcement. Access to rail travel is hugely important for people
right across the country. The work completed today was funded by
the government's Access for All programme and will be a big help to
the disabled, the elderly, parents with pushchairs and people
carrying heavy bags."
Warrick Dent, area general manager for Network Rail, said:
"These new facilities are making using the station much easier for
all passengers. This important funding has made it possible for us
to carry out these improvements that will make the railway open to
more and more people."
Vernon Barker, managing director at First TransPennine
Express, added: "Easy access to the station and between platforms
is vitally important for all passengers and these new lifts will be
a major improvement, providing a much easier start and finish to
thousands of journeys every year."
Further improvement works are being carried out to the booking
hall and waiting area. These are being funded by the Railway
Heritage Trust, Metro, Kirklees council and the National Station's
Improvement Programme (NSIP) and are due to be complete later this
"Huddersfield is one of West Yorkshire's busiest rail stations,"
said Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves, "and with step-free access
to all the platforms it will become much easier for passengers to
Now that this first phase is complete, Metro and its partners
can move forward with the work around the booking office and
deliver a station Huddersfield train users can be proud of."