A MIRFIELD councillor has called for Mirfield and Ravensthorpe railway stations to be knocked down to make way for a new station.
Coun Martyn Bolt, who has long campaigned for improvements at the dilapidated Mirfield station, says a brand-new facility between the two towns would be more beneficial.
His thoughts come amid plans to straighten the railway line in Mirfield and proposals to build a huge 4,000-home development on green belt land nearby, dubbed Dewsbury Riverside.
Coun Bolt said: “They should pool the resources and build a brand-new railway station.
“Here we are with one of the busiest stations in the district and with 4,000 homes coming in the new Riverside development.
“To my mind, building a brand-new station to serve those two communities would get rid of two antiquated rail stations that will provide ample car parking to cope with demands.”
Network Rail submitted plans to the government in December to adjust the alignment of the railway line, which could mean more changes and improved accessibility for Mirfield’s current station.
This would be part of a larger TransPennine route upgrade on the line from York to Manchester.
But Coun Bolt conceded it was too soon to say whether this will happen, with the Department of Transport due to make a decision later this year.
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff also raised concerns about the lack of accessibility at Mirfield station.
She said: “With a straightening of the line planned, there now appears to be a possibility that Mirfield station may be rebuilt, making it finally accessible. I shall be keeping an eye on this as it develops. I hope to see services in the area improve with the changes coming over the next few months.
“I shall be meeting with the rail minister next week to discuss the issues facing passengers in the constituency and to highlight the concerns about which so many constituents have contacted me.”
A Network Rail spokesman said: “The TransPennine route upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England, from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds.
“Network Rail has worked on the development of potential infrastructure options for the TransPennine route upgrade and has now submitted these options to the Department for Transport for consideration.”