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Improvements at Woodlesford Station on track for delivery.

April 19, 2017 8:58 PM

A year after the new franchise was announced, Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell), met with Northern Rail to find out the scale and timetable for the promised improvements to the line.

When the franchise changed hands from Arriva to Northern, a slew of announcements were made, promising more trains, running for longer and with more carriages, as well as improvements to the station itself.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: "I met with Northern as it seemed very quiet following the announcements made last year.

"Most of the improvements promised seem to be on target with confirmation of a staffed ticket office, passenger toilets and an extra shelter as well as refurbishment of the current one, all due to be delivered by 2018.

"These changes will see the station develop from the small yet busy stop on the line, into a station that meets the needs of the many passengers that use it."

Cllr Golton has also earmarked £5,000 of funding to spend widening footpaths, improving pedestrian safety at the junction of Station Lane and Aberford Road.

However, the real improvements that are needed at the station are to settle the long running issues with overcrowding, and extending the times trains run. This has proved more tricky to deliver.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) continued: "Government delays to network improvement mean we will have to wait until May 2018 for extra services to be confirmed, but we're still pushing for extra departures in the mornings and a later last train from Leeds.

Unfortunately, there is still no confirmation of extra coaches though, which is what we really need to provide extra capacity, easing the overcrowding that many passengers complain about on this route.

I'll continue to push for those, making it clear how much of a difference it will make to those who use it."