Monthly talks on what to do about Mirfield Station hole

Monthly talks on what to do about Mirfield Station hole

A CRATER unrepaired for more than year at Mirfield Railway Station has lifted the lid on the site’s history.

Councillors demanding the fenced-off hole on platform one be filled in have found the situation bogged down in bureaucracy.

Train firm Northern Rail, infrastructure company Network Rail and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) are all involved.

But Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) was told the hole is due to subsidence around a former cellar.

The area was filled in with rubble when the old booking office and waiting room were demolished decades ago.

John Henkle, acting director of transport at the WYCA, told Coun Bolt the issue is still being looked into.

He wrote in an email: “Network Rail have had the cycle lockers moved so that more investigations can be carried out – the area is fenced off.

“The issue is being discussed at monthly (meetings) with Northern. I will provide a further update when we have one.”

Coun Kath Taylor (Con, Mirfield) said what was demolished was far better than the current station facilities.

She said: “There was a fantastic booking office there and the waiting room had a roaring fire.

“There was also a black and white cat which I remember used to get well looked after by any passengers.

“Then it was all demolished and we were left with the pokey little thing we’ve got now.”

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