New platform and more parking in £6m-plus rail station revamp

A MULTI-MILLION pound masterplan for Mirfield Railway Station was announced this week.

More than 50 people attended a meeting at the Navigation Tavern, where transport chiefs detailed their proposals.

The plan includes more parking, a new platform and main entrance, a waiting room and ticket office. The first two of these would cost £5m, which would come from the West Yorkshire Combined Autho-rity transport fund. Both would be made possible by buying land occupied by a building supplies firm – but may take up to six years to deliver.

Adding a lift or ramp for disabled and baby buggy access would cost up to £1m. This would come from the Department for Transport’s national ‘access for all’ budget.

A waiting room, also taking up to six years, would cost £500,000 and be funded partly by train firms Northern Rail and Grand Central.

The companies will find £15,000 between them over the next two years for a spruce-up.

This includes painting and gardening – some of it to be done by volunteers – and new signs and passenger information screens. Northern Rail will stump up a further £15,000 for a new ticket vending machine.

The need for investment is spelled out in the report, which states passenger numbers rose from 120,000 in 2002/03 to 420,000 last year.

A catalogue of problems, including subsidence and parking issues on Station Road, were detailed.

Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) said: “We have one of the busiest stations in the area and the only one in Kirklees with a direct link to London.

“One of the problems caused by an increase in passenger numbers is on-street parking.

“The masterplan seeks to alleviate that, along with providing step-free access to the platforms and secure and comfortable waiting areas.”

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