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Calderdale Council consult public over Halifax station transformation plans

Calderdale Council are asking for feedback on the latest £30m designs to transform Halifax railway station in West Yorkshire.

The new plans backed by a £30m-plus West Yorkshire Combined Authority funded scheme will look to improve accessibility and provide more facilities at the station.

Halifax station is one of the busiest in the region and Calderdale Council with Network Rail will look to ensure it is fit for purpose.

The improvements will ensure the station can cope with the expected future growth of passenger numbers.

Plans include the construction of a two-storey station building with improved toilet and waiting facilities with opportunities for further retail options.

Under the plans a modern footbridge would be installed from the town centre providing step-free access.

Access to the eastern side of the station would also be improved with the reopening of an underpass beneath the station.

Councillor Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy spoke on what the plans would mean for the town of Halifax.

Cllr Scullion said: “These ambitious plans will transform the rail station and provide a welcoming gateway to the town.

“Major improvements are planned… which will also bring wider benefits and support better connections across the region.

“The passenger experience is at the heart of our plans, with much-needed access improvements and upgraded waiting facilities.”

The plans for the building also feature several climate-friendly measures.

These measures would include installing solar panels, a ‘green’ roof and low-carbon heating.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire spoke on the importance of the climate-friendly plans to transform Halifax station.

Mayor Brabin said: “Making public transport work for people and tackling the climate emergency on our way to becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038 are at the heart of my Mayoral pledges.

“Transforming Halifax Rail Station will not only help us do that, it will also connect more local people with jobs, education and training.

“A better and more inclusive transport network goes beyond getting people from A to B.

“It is about getting all of us — our people, our communities, our businesses - to where we want to be as a region.”

The latest designs have been refined using feedback received from a previous consultation in January 2021.

The current survey is open until 16th January 2022.

 

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